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Pennsylvania teachers to be allowed to carry firearms at school?

By Alex Allen     Sep 18, 2014 in Politics
Harrisburg - Teachers in Pennsylvania could soon have the opportunity to legally carry their firearms to work, thanks to a new piece of legislation proposed by Republican lawmakers in the state.
Guns have become a very controversial subject in American politics recently and, while some lawmakers are trying to make it more difficult for a person to acquire a firearm, others are trying to make it easier on legal gun owners who wish to carry their firearms into places where guns are currently outlawed. Among the pro-gun politicians are Republican lawmakers in the state of Pennsylvania who are trying to pass a bill that would allow teachers who hold a concealed carry permit to carry their firearms onto school property.
SB 1193, introduced in November, 2013, has recently been causing a stir. WTAE in Pittsburgh reports that the overall response to the bill is "mixed." While some believe it's a step in the right direction towards providing a defense for school children, others, like Senator Anthony Williams, believe it's a bad idea.
The bill, if passed, would allow the heads of local school districts to decide whether or not teachers working in their district would be allowed to carry firearms to work. Of course, there are some restrictions in the bill. The only teachers who would be allowed to carry a firearm if their district chose to allow them would be those who are concealed carry permit holders and who have been certified by a state-approved course.
Pennsylvania is not the only state to debate the subject of teachers packing guns to school recently. In July, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would have allowed guns in schools but the state senate recently voted to override his veto.
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