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Senate backs bill to expand armed school security options

Published June 12. 2019 05:26AM

HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Senate is backing legislation that supporters say give school districts and private schools more options to hire armed security guards.

The bill passed 32-17 on Tuesday, with a handful of Democrats joining the Republican majority to send it to the House of Representatives.

The bill would allow schools to hire armed security guards employed by private firms, as long as they meet certain certification standards. Other changes include expanding the definition of a school resource officer to include a county sheriff or deputy sheriff.

Democrats who opposed the bill say allowing more guns into school won’t solve a problem that can be helped by things including more money for school counselors and more restrictions on gun buying.

Locally, Tamaqua Area School District is in litigation over its policy to allow staff to carry guns.

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Good Common Sense.
If we allow Pennsylvania to go Blue (Democrat), common sense will be gone. We'll be like California. Pay attention, and get out and vote... for the kid's sake.

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