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April 1, 2013

Teacher-gun bill derailed

OKLAHOMA CITY — The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he doesn’t plan to grant a hearing to a bill that would give school districts the option of allowing armed teachers in public school classrooms.

Bartlesville Republican Sen. John Ford told The Associated Press on Monday he has no plans to hear the bill in his committee this session. This week is the deadline for the bill to be granted a Senate committee hearing. The bill could still be reassigned to another committee, but Ford says he doesn’t expect that will happen.

The bill would have allowed teachers who receive a certain level of training to carry firearms into schools, if the district voted to endorse such a policy. It passed the House 68-23.

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