SC public school employees could be allowed to carry guns in schools
Phillip Lowe, a representative from Florence, is sponsoring the bill in the state House.
This bill is in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut last week that left 26 dead.
The proposed law would only allow school employees to carry a gun if they already have a concealed weapon permit.
York County representative Ralph Norman thinks arming teachers could help.
“On the surface … it appears to be something that may work,” Norman said.
He added they would have to work out the details to make sure the guns don’t fall in the wrong hands.
Lowe’s proposal immediately met with heated opposition.
State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, called the idea “idiotic.”
“What Phillip Lowe is doing in response to the tragedy in Newtown is purely political. It makes no sense, and it is idiotic,” Sellers told The State, adding he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and supports the right to carry guns.
“I don’t think there is any way Phillip Lowe or anyone else from the NRA (National Rifle Association) can tell me we can make our children safer by putting more guns in school.”
The bill would allow employees to carry guns on school property only if they:
- Have a state-issued concealed weapons permit
- Keep the weapon concealed at all times
- Will only use frangible (soft) bullets that avoid ricochets
- Provide written notification of the weapon to the school’s principal
- Must have no history of violence or anger documented by school district