Report: NRA to unveil school safety plan

The National Rifle Association (NRA) on Tuesday is set to unveil its proposals on school safety, including further recommendations for placing armed guards in the nation’s classrooms, according to a report.

The nation’s largest gun lobby will announce the findings of its National School Shield Program, including a set of legislative proposals for Congress and steps school officials and law enforcement can take in communities around the country to prevent gun violence at schools. 

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The report will include training guidelines for preparing armed guards to protect campuses, according to CNN. The NRA’s findings also provide recommendations for how local officials can modify their gun laws to permit armed guards in schools.

The NRA report comes as the Senate prepares to take up a gun control bill, which would expand background checks and enact tougher penalties against straw purchasers of firearms. The gun lobby, though, has opposed further gun restrictions and gun legislation faces an uphill climb in the GOP-controlled House. 

The NRA first announced their school safety program after last December’s tragic mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children dead.

The incident sparked a renewed debate on gun violence, with many lawmakers saying they were open to new gun control measures to prevent future shootings.

But NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre argued that the focus should be on arming responsible citizens, not on passing new gun laws to protect the nation’s children.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said LaPierre at a press conference in December. “I call on Congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every single school in this nation – and to do it now.”

At the time, NRA representatives said they would study the issue and prepare additional recommendations.

The NRA met with Vice President Biden, who headed the White House task force on gun violence, in January. But the NRA’s proposal to place armed guards in the nation’s schools did not make it into Biden’s list of recommendations, which the president has pushed lawmakers to enact.

The administration has instead called on lawmakers to expand background checks and ban the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity clips. 

Reid failed to include an assault-weapon or high-capacity sale ban in the gun legislation headed to the Senate floor, arguing that those controversial measures could drag down the entire bill. But the Democratic leader has said those measures could receive a vote as amendments.