- Gun-toting teachers and armed school volunteers would be permitted in North Carolina’s public schools under legislation that would expand who could legally have firearms on campus.
A bill introduced Thursday in the state Senate would create the position of “school safety marshal,” allowing people who complete a new state-designed training course to carry guns on campus. School boards would be able to hire people for the position or take applications from school employees and school volunteers to serve as marshals.
The bill is the latest response locally and nationally to the December fatal shootings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. State Sen. Stan Bingham, the bill’s primary sponsor, said the legislation came after talks he had with several sheriffs over the past month about school security. Continue reading here.
Under the bill introduced in the North Carolina state Senate, NC school boards could authorize school employees and school volunteers who complete a training course to carry firearms on campus. The questions for us about this dubious plan are endless. Training? Qualifications? Profiling? The list goes on and on...