Legislation approved by the state Senate Education Committee would give school districts in Pennsylvania the option of allowing teachers and other staff members to carry concealed weapons as a security measure.
The bill would require extensive training and proper permits for school personnel.
The measure’s supporters were quick to point out that guns in schools would not be a mandate. The final decision would be left up to local school districts.
Opponents, who tried unsuccessfully to table the legislation, say they fear it runs the risk of putting firearms into the wrong hands.
Radio PA News reports that Governor Tom Wolf has already stated his opposition, saying school security should be left to professionals.