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South Dakota legislators propose arming teachers with guns

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South Dakota lawmakers have presented a bill allowing schools to form a plan for teachers and other personnel to be armed with handguns.

A bill of this nature was speculated to reach the Capitol after the school shooting in Newtown, CT where 20 elementary school kids were killed.

Current South Dakota law prohibits fire arms on schools, but a section of House Bill 1087 overrides 13-27-7.

HB 1087 provides school districts an option to allow teachers and other school personnel to be armed. It also allows school districts to hire private, armed security to protect the school.

The bill also stipulates before implementing a plan the school has to have interface with the law enforcement agency that oversees the school's area.

It also prohibits a school district from mandating that a teacher or school employee arm themselves.

House Bill 1087 is sponsored by 18 representatives and 11 senators.

Click here to read the full bill.

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