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Proposed bill would allow for armed volunteers at NC schools

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RALEIGH, NC (WBTV) -

There is a new push underway in North Carolina that could allow some school workers to carry a gun on school grounds.

The proposed bill was one of 15 bills introduced to the state Senate on Thursday by Republican Senator Stan Bingham from Davidson County.

According to the proposal Senate Bill 27, certain teachers and other volunteers could be designated as "school safety marshals" and be allowed to carry firearms in emergency situations.

They would be able to have a gun on school grounds, bus, athletic property or any property used by the school board or board of trustees.

These marshals would provide armed security at schools that do not have a school resource officer.

Right now, only law enforcement officers are allowed to have guns on school grounds in North Carolina.

The bill, if passed, would call for the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission to come up with a training regime for volunteers.

Bingham said that this is more than just a concealed carry permit, because CCP holders have only a few hours of training and are not necessarily required to practice with their weapons as a law enforcement officials are.

He believes teachers who were retired from the military would be ideal candidates. He said the bill would also allow for volunteers who live near schools to be trained.

As explained by Bingham, the bill would not call for marshals to be armed full time. Rather, they would respond to a lock-box to retrieve a firearm in case of an intruder. That procedure is not specifically outlined in the bill.

Bingham said that he had met with sheriffs to talk about how school safety could be increased in the wake of the Newton, Conn., school shooting.

Senator Bingham is the co-chairman of the state Senate's justice and public safety committee.

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