Lawmakers Vote Guns For TeachersBy Annie Gilbertson | Published 04 Feb 2013 08:50pm |
Mississippi teachers and principals may soon be carrying concealed weapons. It's one of several bills moving out of the House Education Committee ahead of today's deadline.
To get all bills through, the House Education Committee was swift or silent during deliberation, moving quickly to votes.
While few were contested, the measure to allow teachers and principals to carry concealed weapon received a split vote. House Republican of Jeffrey Guice of Ocean Springs spoke in favor of the bill.
"The policy may include carrying firearms under certain conditions," says Guice. "This bill does not mandate any action or funding."
In the wake of the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, several states - including Colorado and Georgia - have introduced such provisions this year. House Education Chairman John Moore says it would protect students.
"It allows the local district to set up its own marshal service, if you will," says Moore. "Just to have a secret force within that force within that school that is armed."
Opponents to the measure argue more guns will create more opportunities for violence.
Among other quickly passed education proposals - a bill to allow prayer in schools. Again, Chairman Moore.
"This legislature wants to make a statement," says Moore. "Actually the Mississippi constitution speaks very strongly to that. People tend to forget that article."
Today is the final day to allow new bills in committee, whether they duplicate existing state law or not.
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