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Old 02-06-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default Bill Allowing Armed Teachers Clears Oklahoma Panel

School districts across Oklahoma could allow teachers who undergo reserve officer training to carry weapons into classrooms under a bill approved by a House panel.
The House Public Safety Committee voted 8-3 on Wednesday to approve the bill, which now heads to the full House for a vote. Several school officials have voiced their opposition to the proposal.

12/19/2012 Related Story: OK Teachers, Administrators Weigh In On 'Guns In Classrooms' Debate

The bill by Sapulpa Republican Rep. Mark McCullough would allow school teachers or administrators to attend a basic police course academy for reserve deputies provided by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. The basic course provides about 240 hours of training.

12/17/2012 Related Story: Oklahoma Lawmaker To Propose Legislation Allowing Teachers, Principals To Carry Guns At Schools

The individual school districts would be responsible for the costs associated with the training, and McCullough says he intends to push for state funding to start the program.

The people have spoken.
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