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Parents spar with Rapid City lawmaker over school gun bill

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South Dakota legislators are addressing gun laws in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last month.
 
At Saturday morning's legislative cracker barrel in Rapid City, Republican Rep. Scott Craig of Rapid City set out to clarify the intent of House Bill 1087.

The measure would allow school boards to decide whether or not to arm educators and how to go about ensuring students' security.
 
"It could be simply saying yes to volunteers like veterans," Craig said in an interview after the forum. "There's been veterans who've said, 'Hey, I'll stand guard. I'll be there to add protection.' But it's up to them (the school boards)."
 
Some parents aren't convinced having anyone armed in schools will provide a sense of security.

Holly Perli of Rapid City understands the need for trained professionals like police officers to carry guns in schools, but doesn't like the idea of not knowing who does and doesn't have guns in the classroom.
 
"Teachers and janitors and principals and secretaries have other jobs to do," she said, "and I don't like the idea of guns in schools at all."
 
The House Education Committee is set to hear that bill on Wednesday.

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