A bill to arm school staff has passed the Ohio House and Senate and is now pending Governor Mike DeWine's signature to fully pass. He is expected to sign.
The Ohio Senate voted 23-9 in favor of the bill, and the House passed it mere hours later with a 56-34 vote.
The legislation will allow any adult in a public or private school to conceal carry a firearm within the school's safety zone, as long as the district chooses to allow it, without the 737 hours of peace officer training currently required by law.
The school staff who want to conceal carry will be required to go through 24 hours of training, which will include how to stop an active shooter, how to de-escalate violent situations, trauma and first-aid care, and completing “tactical live firearms training."
10 WBNS reports:
Republican Gov. Mike DeWine supports the legislation, as long as it requires adequate and annual training for armed employees. DeWine underscored his support last week as he announced plans to spend “a significant amount of money” to help schools create physical barriers against attacks without going into details.
DeWine released a statement indicating he intends to sign the bill.
"Last week I called on the General Assembly to pass a bill that would allow local school districts, if they so chose, to designate armed staff for school security and safety. My office worked with the General Assembly to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum irrelevant to school safety and to ensure training requirements were specific to a school environment and contained significant scenario-based training. House Bill 99 accomplishes these goals, and I thank the General Assembly for passing this bill to protect Ohio children and teachers. I look forward to signing this important legislation."
Every state should pass a bill to arm teachers!
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