OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Public school districts across Oklahoma could decide whether to allow armed teachers in classrooms under a bill approved in the Oklahoma House.
READ: House Bill 1062 (http://bit.ly/12NIL9e)
The Special Reserve School Resource Officer Act passed by the House late Tuesday on a 68-23 vote. It would give districts the option of paying for teachers to receive a minimum of 120 hours of specialized training in order to carry a firearm into the school.
The bill, filed in response to recent school shootings, now heads to the Senate.
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The measure directs the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training to develop a specialized training course for volunteer teachers.
The bill is opposed by many teachers and education officials, who have raised safety and liability concerns over bringing firearms into schools.
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