Bill arming some rural teachers gets hearing

Bill arming some rural teachers gets hearing

CREATED Feb 26, 2013

Web Producer: Taylor Higgins

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill allowing some teachers or administrators in rural schools to be armed is set for its first hearing in an Arizona Senate committee.

The bill by Republican Sen. Rich Crandall of Mesa set for a hearing Tuesday afternoon is the least sweeping of several proposals to arm teachers introduced in the Legislature and appears the most likely to gain traction.

Crandall says his bill is a measured response to school safety and designed to provide rural schools which are far from law enforcement some protection.

Another Crandall proposal that would take some excess funding from the Arizona Clean Elections Commission to help pay for school resource officers won't be heard after all. Crandall says he'll instead push that proposal next year.

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