The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

February 20, 2014

Bill to allow armed guards in schools OK'd by committee

By Pamela Pritt
Register-Herald Reporter

CHARLESTON — The House Committee on Education moved a bill Thursday morning that will allow security personnel hired by the local sheriff’s department to carry weapons in schools.

Raleigh County Sheriff Steve Tanner spoke in favor of the move. Tanner said having armed security personnel in schools would decrease response time for law enforcement officers. The sheriff said that in 100 percent of school shootings from Columbine in the 1990s to Sandy Hook last year, once an officer was on the scene no more loss of student life occurred.

The security personnel will likely be retired law enforcement officers who are qualified to carry weapons.

Delegate Linda Sumner, R-Raleigh, and Delegate Lynne Arvon R-Raleigh, are co-sponsors of the bill.

 The bills moves to the House Committee on the Judiciary.

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