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KOTA Territory superintendent discusses proposed school gun bill

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The anniversary of Sandy Hook along with recent gun violence has Nebraska law makers talking about how to make schools safer.
 
Senator Mark Christensen is once again planning to introduce a bill that could let teachers bring concealed weapons into schools.

The senator from Imperial says he's preparing a new version of the bill that failed in 2011 in response to recent school shootings.

But what do local school officials think about the idea of guns in school? We sat down with one to find out.
 
"I know there's more and more states allowing teachers to carry weapons in schools," says Morrill Superintendent Nick Schafer.  "I mean, my teachers don't even want to carry tasers so I can't imagine too many of them wanting to carry guns."
 
Morrill Superintendent Nick Schafer' says his district was discussing arming teachers with tasers in the event of an emergency, but they've vetoed the idea.

Schafer says he thinks the 'school guns' bill could be a good idea, as long as the right people are carrying them.
 
"I have teachers that I would be glad had [guns] because I can trust them," says Schafer.   "And that's males and females alike, that have been around weapons their whole life."
 
If the revised 'school guns bill' passes, teachers will be required to hold a concealed-carry permit, take additional training, and undergo final approval from their school board.

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