School Sentinel bill one step closer to becoming law - KOTA Territory News

School Sentinel bill one step closer to becoming law


South Dakota is one of 15 states to consider placing guns in the hands of teachers, janitors and trained volunteers.

Friday, a bill that would do just that steps closer to becoming a law.
The Senate Appropriations committee voted 5- 4 to send House Bill 1087 to the Senate floor.

The bill allows schools boards to create and supervise the arming of school employees, security personnel or volunteers.

Friday, Senators repealed a section of the bill that would allow the school boards to keep their decision to adopt the policy a secret.

Proponents of the bill say gun-free zones simply aren't working, and make easy targets for would-be shooters.

Opponents believe school boards should've had more input in forming the legislation, and that adopting the bill would create problems that don't exist yet.

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