Supporters Renew Push For Arming Arizona Teachers

January 27, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) — A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.

Attorney General Tom Horne and other supporters said the legislation would protect children and staff in the event of a mass shooting, but opponents would rather have police officers assigned to schools. Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill considers the proposal little more than a ploy to expand gun rights.

The legislation is in its earliest stages, and it is too early to gauge its chances of passing, but a similar proposal failed last year.