Tishomingo legislator wants schools to be able to arm teachers

Rep. Lester “Bubba” Carpenter, R-Burnsville, is working on legislation for the 2013 session that would allow school districts to arm their teachers.

“We are working with a NRA (National Rifle Association) lobbyist trying to craft something,” said Carpenter, who said he is filing the legislation in response to the December school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people were killed.

“Texas and some other states are working on this,” he said.

As he envisions the legislation, Carpenter said school districts that wanted to participate could provide training, certification and arm members of their staff.

“We do not want it to cost the teachers anything,” Carpenter said.

Various avenues from arming teachers to placing law officers in the schools to limiting the access to certain types of guns are being discussed in wake of the shooting and other similar events in recent years.

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