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NE legislature talk concealed handguns in school

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Nebraska teachers and other school employees could carry a concealed handgun in schools if a bill in the Nebraska legislature becomes law.
Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial introduced the bill earlier this week.

He says the bill is designed to keep children safe, and the decision is one of local control.

Local school boards would have to approve each permit.

Scottsbluff School Board President Bob Kinsey says Scottsbluff Public Schools would likely not accept the bill if passed because there are resource officers in the high school and middle school. There is also a campus supervisor. 

Kinsey says personally he is an advocate for the bill to pass.
"In a rural area where law enforcement is a distance away and these types of situations, time is critical. It's a matter of life and death sometimes. An advocate for local control, I just think it be passed and then local school districts can decide if it's appropriate for them or not." Said Kinsey.
Kinsey went on to say small towns who may only have one officer may need some other type of support if the nearest help is miles away.

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