Guns at school? Bill would allow teachers to be armed

(WBRE/WYOU) -- Teachers, and anyone else employed by a Pennsylvania school, could carry firearms under a bill approved by a Senate panel Wednesday.

Senate Bill 383 would allow school boards to decide if qualified employees should be allowed to access guns on school grounds.

They would have to be licensed to carry a concealed firearm and meet certain training requirements.

State Senator Don White said time is a critical element when a violent incident happens inside a school.

The Republican from Indiana County said this legislation gives trained teachers, principals, and other school employees the opportunity to serve as first responders. 

Even if the bill gets through the Senate and the House, its chances of winning Governor Tom Wolf's signature are slim to none.

Governor Wolf has already said he "strongly opposes" the legislation.


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