Franklin County’s School Teacher Gun Bill to Be Re-Introduced

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Monday morning, law enforcement and education leaders met to figure out how to get a bill passed that would allow educators to carry firearms in schools.

School security in Franklin County led the roundtable discussion brought together by State Representative Johnny Morrow.

First on the priority list -- what to do about Governor Bentley vetoing State House Bill 116.

“He could have done anything with an executive amendment,” explained Morrow, “but instead he chose to kill the bill.”

Governor Bentley says he wanted to see more detailed information on the training of teachers to carry guns.

Representative Morrow contends Bentley let partisan politics get in the way of school security.

According to Morrow, his opposition to the school flexibility act should never have been a factor in the school security bill veto.

“And they can't afford a full time resource officer, and this mad person shows up out there with an assault weapon and 50-round clips,” said Representative Morrow. “What are we going to find when the law enforcement does get there?”

Franklin County School Superintendent Gary Williams says the bill was designed to arm certain educators, allowing them to control a situation until law enforcement could arrive.  Williams says this would give the students and teachers a chance for survival.

"Students go into the classroom and they lock the doors, then they put their heads between their knees," Williams said.

Over the coming days, Morrow has asked educators and law enforcement to meet to discuss changes to the legislation so he and Senator Roger Bedford can re-introduce the bill in both the Senate and House.

Representative Morrow says he plans to re-introduce the bill sometime in early April.  That would give the bill less than six weeks to pass through the Alabama Legislature before the end of the current session.

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