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Wolf signs bill to clarify armed school security options

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 2, 2019 5:33 PM
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FILE - Tamaqua Area School Board member Nicholas Boyle speaks in support of arming teachers and other school employees, to members of the media after a news conference in Tamaqua, Pa., Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

This story has been updated to clarify details of the legislation.

(Harrisburg) -- Gov. Tom Wolf is signing legislation that his office says clarifies the options for who school districts and private schools can hire as armed security guards, although Wolf's administration says it bars districts from allowing teachers to be armed.

The bill Wolf signed Tuesday also expands training requirements for armed school officers.

It says schools can hire armed security guards on contract, as long as they meet certain certification standards. It also expands the definition of a school officer to include a county sheriff or deputy sheriff. Wolf's office says schools were already employing both.

In a statement, Wolf says teachers cannot be considered security personnel, and aren't authorized to be armed in schools under any law in Pennsylvania.

Most Democratic lawmakers opposed the bill, saying allowing more guns into school won't solve school shootings.

 

An earlier version of this story appears below.

(Harrisburg) -- Gov. Tom Wolf is signing legislation that gives school districts and private schools more options as to who they can hire as armed security guards, although Wolf's administration says it bars districts from allowing teachers to be armed.

The bill Wolf signed Tuesday also expands training requirements for armed school officers.

It allows schools to hire armed security guards employed by private firms, as long as they meet certain certification standards. It also expands the definition of a school officer to include a county sheriff or deputy sheriff.

In a statement, Wolf says teachers cannot be considered security personnel, and aren't authorized to be armed in schools under the bill or any law in Pennsylvania.

Most Democrats opposed the bill, saying allowing more guns into school won't solve school shootings.

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