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Gun Bills to be Introduced at General Assembly

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - In response to the tragedy at Newtown, a bill was introduced last year to allow teachers to carry concealed weapons at school, ultimately failing. This year another proposal aims to allow at least one gun at school.

HB21 would require school boards to designate at least one person at every school that would be allowed to carry a concealed handgun.

Phillip Van Cleave with the Virginia Citizens Defense League says the bill could save lives.

"Having somebody carried concealed on school property would mean that a bad guy would have no idea who that person is carrying a gun," he says. "[In Newtown], if a teacher had been armed it could have saved lives, no doubt about it."

But some critics say lawmakers should be concentrating on control, not schools.

Andrew Goddard of the Virginia Center for Public Safety says knowing how to handle a gun doesn't mean you'll know when to use it.

"You've got to be able to know how to deal with a situation, how to read a situation."

Another bill would leave the decision up to private schools, letting them decide if they want to allow guns.

Goddard says the move would at least allow parents to decide if they're comfortable with a private school's decision.


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