Updated 02/01/2013 07:47 AM
NC Senate bill proposes firearm training for teachers
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CHARLOTTE -- A proposal would allow more guns in North Carolina schools. A bill introduced in the state Senate Thursday would allow some public schools employees to possess guns on campus.
It's called the Public School Protection Bill. It's sponsored by Sen. Stan Bingham, a Davidson County Republican.
The measure would create "school safety marshals," who are certified through the state's criminal justice, education and training standards commission. The training would include the use of firearms, focusing on their use in a crisis situation that may involve unarmed bystanders.
Bingham says this could help faculty members defend their students during emergencies, like a school shooting.
"We think we hear of the last and then a week later there's another shooting or incident, and so I wanted to be a step ahead of and be prepared and have some training," said Bingham.
Even if the law is passed, Bingham said it will not be mandatory. It will be up to the individual school districts.