Arizona's Other Guns-in-Schools Bill Passes the Senate

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Arizona schools are one step closer to having guns inside them, as the Senate approved a bill that would allow school employees to carry a gun.

And, only in Arizona would we have to tell you which bill calling for guns in schools that we're talking about.

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This is Senate Bill 1325 that we're talking about, not House Bill 2656, the bill championed by Attorney General Tom Horne, which never got committee assignments (in other words, it's dead).

So, the guns-in-schools bill that did pass one chamber of the Legislature calls for a school board to allow a school employee to carry a concealed handgun if the school has fewer than 600 students, is more than 30 minutes (driving, we assume) and 20 miles from the "closest law enforcement facility," and the school doesn't have a designated cop, who would already have a gun, naturally.

That can't apply to too many schools, especially not in the Phoenix area.

The bill also lets the school board authorize retired cops to carry guns at the school, if they work at the school, and get a certificate.

The bill passed the Senate with a 17-11 vote, and now goes over to the House.



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valleynative
valleynative

David, some of us believe that protecting schoolkids is actually the States responsibility while finding a job is your own responsibility.

The only practical means the legislature has of increasing jobs is to make it more attractive to run a business here than in other States, and that pretty much means tax breaks or less regulation and people get all whiny when such things are suggested.


ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Bears and other beasties sometime come onto school grounds in some rural schools - this sounds like a fair proposal.  Now we just have to get the training provisions back into the concealed carry law and we'll be doing a little better. 


david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

one thing i havent heard discussed is who and how are they going to get the insurance for this? 

david_saint01
david_saint01 topcommenter

and yet with another piece of lunatic legislation, the economy and jobs get put on the back burner again

valleynative
valleynative

@david_saint01

Many believe that protecting schoolkids is actually the States responsibility while finding a job is more of your own responsibility.

The only practical means the legislature has of increasing jobs is to make it more attractive to run a business, and that pretty much means tax breaks or less regulation and people get all whiny when such things are suggested.

JohnQ.Public
JohnQ.Public

@david_saint01 Actually, this one strikes me as not so bad.  This is limited to rural school districts that rely on DPS or a county sheriff for law enforcement and where the response time in a shooting could be 30 minutes or more.  My understanding is that a version of this bill has already been enacted or is being considered in several other states with significant rural areas.

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