OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR-TV) — State lawmakers are also working to make it easier for teachers to carry a firearm on campus, according to KFOR-TV, our news partner in Oklahoma City.
Under the current state law, a teacher must have 72-hours of cleet armed security guard training and school board permission to carry a firearm at school.
But House Bill 2336 would let a teacher carry with just eight hours of training required for the standard firearm permit.
They'd also need permission from the school board and training required by their local law enforcement.
The bill passed mostly along party lines with Democrats raising several concerns about reducing the training.
"Is there a reason why you don't have a minimum standard?" Senator Kevin Matthew asked.
Senator David Bullard said, "The worse case is you have a shooter on campus and no one there to respond. This is a much-needed step to save lives,"
"I think it's a very valid option for those people who want to protect their kids," said Diana Muller, a retired Tulsa Police Officer.
The Senate passed the bill after it was amended to beef up the training requirements, requiring teachers to participate in active-shooter training with local law enforcement.
It now heads back to the House for approval.
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