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Bill to allow guns in Nebraska schools draws concerns

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Gun rights advocates are arguing that a proposal to let teachers to carry guns in schools would keep classrooms safe while education groups say it would increase the danger.
Senator Mark Christensen of Imperial presented the measure on Friday to the to the legislature's Judiciary Committee.

The bill would require special training for teachers and approval by local school boards.

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.

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 advocates for local control, I just think it be passed and then local school districts can decide if it's appropriate for them or not."
Opponents say other measures, such as school resource officers, are a better way to ensure safety.

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