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Bartow Schools Superintendent John Harper, who expressed concern about limited security across a big school district, prompted Battles to file the legislation, The Daily Tribune News reports. Bartow's is the 24th largest school system in the state with 19 schools and the Bartow County Learning Center, according to its Facebook page and website.
School administrators who would carry guns, if the bill passes, would be required to undergo law enforcement training, pass a background check and get a permit.
As states and communities across the country try to think of ways to prevent another shooting like Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT, a local lawmaker has introduced legislation that would allow school administrators to carry a gun.
Introduced by State Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville, the proposed amendment to firearms statutes would allow boards of education the option of arming and training administrators for each school in the system.
Designated administrators would be allowed to carry firearms within a school safety zone or school building, at a school function, or on school property or on a bus or other transportation furnished by the school, according to the bill, attached.
"We went through the discussion process of even possibly deputizing some of the administrators," Battles said, according to the AJC. "We had long discussions about different approaches. We came up with what I feel is the cleanest, most appropriate way for school systems to deal with their inability to provide security."
The 2013 legislative session starts Jan. 14.
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