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Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Allow Teachers To Be Armed
  Posted November 20th, 2020 12:01 pm


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The Ohio Senate pushed forward a bill that will allow school personnel such as teachers to be armed while in school, if authorized by a local school board.

In a 21 to 10 vote, Senate Bill 317 passed along party lines, with sponsor Sen. Bill Coley, R-Liberty Township, praising the work of the bill which he said "fixes an abomination of the law."

"It's incumbent upon on us when we see some other branch of government make a mistake, it’s our job to fix it," Coley said Wednesday on the Senate floor.

The bill is in direct response to court decisions that have said school districts don't have the authority to allow armed teachers in school without the training conducted by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy (OPOTA), specifically meant for police officers and security personnel.

Coley said it is appropriate to allow school districts to dictate the level of training they feel is enough to be able to carry arms.

"If you're the guidance counselor in the school and you're a former Navy SEAL, or you're the gym teacher or history teacher in the school and you're former special forces, it might not be the worst idea for the school district to let you carry a firearm if you're willing," Coley said.


Ohio Senate Passes Bill To Allow Teachers To Be Armed