Bill to allow some teachers to carry guns moves forward in Alabama House
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A proposal that would let certain teachers carry or have access to guns at school has been narrowly approved by an Alabama House committee.

The state's House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee voted 5-4 to approve the bill, The Associated Press reported.

The bill could get a full vote as soon as next week.


Under the proposal, certain employees would be allowed to carry or have access to firearms in schools. The bill would have school systems work with law enforcement regarding which teachers would be allowed to carry or access the weapons.

Under the measure, parents and members of the public would not be aware of which teachers were allowed to carry firearms. A move that state Rep. Will Ainsworth (R) said was for security reasons, according to the AP.

Ainsworth, a sponsor of the bill, said he thinks the proposal is "common sense."

But others have come out against the idea of arming teachers.

Democratic state Rep. Mary Moore argued that schools should instead be given money to hire police officers.

Republican state Rep. Harry Shiver told the AP that teachers need to focus on other things.

"We do not need to have a lay teacher in a school that got a firearm," Shiver told the news outlet.

The proposal comes after last months shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 people dead.

Since the shooting, students across the nation have been leading the charge for gun control, demanding that lawmakers take action to protect their schools.

Nationwide, students walked out of their schools on Wednesday to protest gun violence and call for change.

President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE has in the past proposed arming teachers as a way to prevent future school shootings.

On Sunday, the Trump administration unveiled a series of proposals on school safety and gun restrictions, including a push for states to provide firearms training for school staff members.

The plan does not include any proposed legislation on guns but establishes a federal commission to assess best practices on improving school safety.