A bill that would allow some Idaho school staff to carry a concealed firearm at work without permission from the school board was brought forward on Thursday after the Idaho home passed it 58- 18.
The Republican who sponsored the bill said it was a “Second Amendment problem,” the Idaho president reported.
“Second Amendment law doesn’t stop at the door of a school. I trust the Idahoans to be responsible,” State Representative Chad Christensen said on the floor of the House.
“Second Amendment law doesn’t end at a school door. I trust the Idahoans to be responsible.”
State Representative Karey Hanks, another Republican, said she worked in a school district and wanted to be able to carry a gun “so that she could protect these students.”
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By law, the gun owner would be required to notify the school principal and the concealed harbor superintendent, but he would not have to tell anyone else. They would also be required to carry the weapon with them at all times and to have a concealed carry permit.
Schools would also be required to remove signs indicating that supporters of the bill claim to make the school a target for a potential shooter.
Supporters of the bill also point out that law enforcement in rural areas may not be able to respond quickly to a possible school shooting.
The law is being challenged by school boards whose members say these decisions should be made at the local level.
Currently, school staff can only carry a weapon with permission from the board, according to KMVT-TV in Twin Falls, Idaho.
Another Republican, State Representative Marc Gibbs, says he owns a gun and supports the National Rifle Association, but he voted against the bill because he doesn’t think it is. ‘it requires sufficient skill on the part of the transporter.
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The only requirement in the bill is that the owner knows how to load and shoot the weapon.
State Representative Chris Mathias, a Democrat, noted that the bill does not require the carrier to take action under threat of violence, which he said “undermines the entire premise of the bill. Because some lawmakers have suggested the law would make children safer in a shoot.
“If gun owners don’t have a duty to do like our law enforcement officers, what’s the point in putting our children at all risk?” he said, according to the Statesman.
The bill is also opposed by the Idaho Sheriffs Association.
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“We believe that the current law that allows different school districts to decide what is the best way to protect their students is the way to go and that a one-size-fits-all bill is not suitable for all districts in our state.” , indicates the sheriff’s press release. “Sheriffs don’t oppose more guns in schools if they’re in the hands of the right people, in the right way.”
Twice before Bill dies before reaching the House floor, according to KMVT.
Forty states and Washington, DC, ban concealed weapons on school grounds, according to the Statesman.
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