Columbus, Ohio – According to legislation that was passed by Republican lawmakers in Ohio and is on its way to being signed by Republican Governor Mike DeWine, school districts in the state may start arming their personnel as early as this fall.
A week after 19 children and two teachers were killed in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, Democrats have said that the idea, which gives schools the choice to opt out of it, sends the wrong message. The Republican Party believes the proposed legislation might prevent tragedies like these killings. To counteract the effects of a court ruling that put limits on the practice, the legislative process was sped up.
In a statement late Wednesday, DeWine said that he supported the bill and that it would protect children by making sure that instruction is tailored to schools and includes a lot of training based on real-life situations.
Major law enforcement organizations, gun control campaigners, and the state’s teachers’ unions are all opposed to the measure, and they have requested DeWine to reject it. A few different school districts and police departments are on board with this plan.
The latest version of the bill says that school staff who carry weapons would have to go through up to 24 hours of initial training and then up to 8 hours of requalification training every year.
DeWine also said that the state’s construction budget would include $100 million for improving safety inside schools and $5 million for improving safety inside colleges.