Attorney General proposing guns for school administrators - Tucson News Now

Attorney General proposing guns for school administrators

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne wants to allow one person at every school in the state to use a firearm.

The ideal situation would be to have an armed officer in each school, he said.

"The next best solution is to have one person in the school trained to handle firearms, to handle emergency situations, and possessing a firearm in a secure location," Horne said in a prepared statement.

At least three Arizona sheriffs have endorsed the plan, including Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu.

Babeu's plan goes one step further than the Attorney General's.  He'd like to see multiple educators per school trained to carry guns

"To take people we already trust, who are well educated, many of which already have familiarity and feel comfortable with weapons ... give them that training of shoot/don't shoot scenarios.  It's clear when a threat is presented," Babeu said.

"If you have somebody come in that's mentally ill ... with a weapon and they're killing people - an administrator or a teacher can figure that out," Babeu added.

Any such proposal would require a change in state law, which currently allows only police officers to carry guns on campus.

Nationally, only Kansas and Utah allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry guns in schools.

Following the most recent tragedy in Connecticut, nearly a dozens states are now considering similar legislation.

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