As the national debate on gun control continues, some lawmakers in Georgia are pushing to add armed security officers to elementary schools.
Senator Ronald B. Ramsey Sr, a Democrat from Decatur, recently introduced the Elementary School Protection Act. The bill would allow local school boards to decide whether or not to employ para-protection officers in public elementary schools. These officers would be permitted to carry concealed 9mm firearms and tasers, but those officers must have at least five years of employment experience as a non-administrative law enforcement officer. They would also have to be certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council.
State Sen. Lester Jackson applauds the effort but is apprehensive about the costs.
"Although we fundamentally believe in local control, our job as state legislators is to protect or children so we need to talk about the overall cost," he said.
State Sen. Buddy Carter wants to hear more details before making a final decision.
"I want to hear the testimony and I want to hear the pros and the cons and the different groups that are going to be for and against it. But, my own personal feelings are, I commend Senator Ramsey for bringing it up."
The bill next goes before the Senate Education and Youth Committee.
Thursday, May 23 2013 5:06 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:06:30 GMT
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