Proposed state bill makes exceptions on campus gun restrictions

KMSS
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 6:18pm

Currently, all guns are not allowed on Louisiana school grounds.

Now a new bill is being proposed to make exceptions allowing teachers and administrators who have a concealed handgun permit will be allowed to bring their guns on campus.

Bill 707 is being proposed by Representative Raymond Garofalo.

Caddo parish Parent Teacher Association says they're against having any guns on campus, while Bossier school district's security department says they have no problem with the bill.

Both do agree that they would much rather rely on officers for security.

Eppie Adams, president of the Caddo Parish School District PTA said, "there are other ways to protect our children that do not involve civilians carrying weapons."

Bossier Parish School District Security Director, Danny Dison says his school district will always choose to put security in the hands of deputies regardless of whether teachers and administrators have guns or not.

"Let our teachers teach. they're professional educators. we choose to protect our students. they're not on campus each day to defend that campus."

Under this bill school employees with guns will have to go through annual tactical training.

The proposed bill also specifies that school districts still have the power to control rules on weapons.

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