Each school in AZ could train and arm its principal or another staff member, under a proposal by Attorney General Tom Horne. That would be a change from current state law, which allows only trained police officers to carry firearms on K-12 school campuses, reports The Arizona Republic.
AZ would be the first state to allow school faculty to be armed. But it's possible the measure could make it through the legislature and be signed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), considering AZ has some of the loosest gun control laws in the nation.
Horne, who previously served as state superintendent of public instruction, said the ideal solution would be to have an armed school resource officer in every school. But he said that may not be financially feasible.
Most of AZ's 2,200 public schools serving an estimated 1 million children don't have an armed officer on campus. About 200 to 250 police officers work at schools statewide.
It's one of dozens of proposals AZ lawmakers may consider, in the wake of the Newtown, CT, elementary school massacre. AZ in recent years became one of only a handful of states to allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit or any training. The Legislature passed - but Brewer vetoed - measures to allow guns in public buildings and on college campuses.
Via The Arizona Republic.