Senate panel Oks bill allowing armed teachers

By: AP
By: AP

Cheyenne, WY (AP) - The state Senate Education Committee has endorsed a bill that would allow teachers to carry firearms in Wyoming schools.

As a result of Wednesday's action, Senate File 109 heads next to the Senate floor for more debate.

The proposal would allow school districts to decide whether they want teachers to be armed. If they do, the districts would create policies for training and other rules.

Supporters of the legislation say it would help remote, rural schools protect their students. Opponents say trained police officers are a better option.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that there's a similar bill in the House, but it would allow all school employees and volunteers to be armed.

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