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Friday, Senators repealed a section of the bill that would allow the school boards to keep their decision to adopt the policy a secret.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