Bill to allow guns in South Dakota schools nears passage - KOTA Territory News

Bill to allow guns in South Dakota schools nears passage


There's a good chance that by this time next year, teachers, janitors and other trained personnel may be allowed to carry guns in schools.

The proposed changes would require local school boards to vote publicly on the decision to allow firearms in schools. It would also give power back to the people. So, for example, if a school board in the state voted to allow guns in schools, voters would have the option to overrule that decision at the polls.

Sponsors of the bill say the measure would not require any district to allow firearms or require teachers to carry them.  The Association of School Boards in South Dakota has taken a firm stance against the bill, claiming that guns in schools will make them more unsafe.

Rapid City Area School Board President Sheryl Kirkeby echoes that viewpoint.  "Response time in Rapid City is very quick and we have taken a stance in Rapid City, as far as having any additional weapons in our schools, we don't believe it's a good idea," Kirkeby said.

Proponents of the bill say it could prove very helpful for rural districts, where law enforcement is often many miles away.

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