Oklahoma Proposes Handguns For Teachers

We all remember the travesty of December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 innocent children and 6 staff members were brutally murdered. Since then there has been a national debate on what measures can be taken to make schools a safer place.

On February 4, 2013, Oklahoma Representative McCullough introduced House Bill 1062, proposed legislation which would allow school teachers and administrators who pass a three-week training course to bring loaded handguns to school. On Tuesday, the bill was passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives by a vote of 68-23.

Although the bill passed the House of Representatives, it still has two more hurdles to cross before it will take effect. Before the bill becomes law, it will need approval from the Senate and by Governor Mary Fallin. This can be a very lengthy and drawn out process. However, based on Governor Fallin’s political record and statements regarding this legislation, there is a good chance Oklahoman’s may soon see teachers carrying handguns in schools.