South Dakota is the first state to legalize possession of firearms by school employees. The provision was signed into law back in March, but it took effect on July 1. Writing for Opposing Views, Sarah Siskind summarized the contents of the bill:
“The controversial law, known as the “School Sentinel” was signed into law by Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R). Specifically, the law stipulates that teachers must get permission from the school district. Additionally, local law enforcement agencies must work with school employees to properly train teachers how to handle firearms. While similar laws have passed in local districts around the country, a statewide legalization of firearm possession by school employees is unprecedented.”
The law is especially aimed at those schools who could not afford to hire a security guard. So, if there are teachers in those schools who want to carry a firearm, they have to first seek permission from their district, and upon approval, they’d have to obtain training from a local police department.
This is a very good first step for the protection of kids at public schools. Of course, there are opponents to the law who probably think that this provision will turn schools into the “wild west.” Because any time guns are introduced into the hands of Americans, blood baths always follow. (Well, curiously, the bloodbaths usually occur in gun-free cities like Chicago and Detroit.)
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