South Dakota Gun Law: Teachers Allowed to Carry Weapons in Class
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed into law a new bill that will allow the state’s teachers to carry guns in class, according to reports.
The South Dakota law is considered to be the first of its kind.
So far, approximately two dozen states have proposed similar bills to arm teachers in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.
None of them have been pushed through … yet.
The law states that “school districts may select to allow a school employee, hired security officer or volunteer to serve as a ‘sentinel’ who can carry a firearm.”
The law does not require districts to do this.
The governor said he believes he most schools won’t utilize the options, yet felt it was significant to offer them the option as a matter of public safety.
“I think it does provide the same safety precautions that a citizen expects when a law enforcement officer enters onto a premises,” he said in an interview.
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