Tenn. Senator plans changes to arming teachers bill - WKRN News 2

Tenn. Senator plans changes to arming teachers bill

Posted: Updated: March 12, 2013 06:25 PM

State Senator Stacey Campfield says he "would be okay" with taking teachers out of his bill that would allow educators with handgun carry permits to carry their weapons in school.

"Some people said, ‘Hey why don't you make it just principals and other school workers, vice-principals who don't have direct contact with students?" Campfield told News 2 on Tuesday. "But there would be someone to protect the students in the worst case scenario."

Campfield indicated he planned to postpone the first vote measure, which was scheduled for late Tuesday afternoon, in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senator indicated his bill with the amendment excluding classroom teachers would likely be considered by the judiciary committee in a future meeting that takes up "all the gun bills."

Metro Schools Director Jesse Register says he "is not comfortable at all" with the bill in any form.

Register said, "The only people who should be armed in schools are trained law enforcement officials."

"My fear is that the first gun discharged on campus would be accidental where a child is shot, and I don't think our teachers are trained [to carry handguns], nor we expect them to do so," he added.

Campfield, who filed his bill shortly after the Newtown, Connecticut school shootings in December, told Nashville's News 2 that "our schools are probably less safe than Newtown was."

He indicated the measure would likely be rolled in favor of another day when the Senate Judiciary Committee takes up "all the gun bills" during one session.

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