Claremore Daily Progress

Education

April 16, 2013

Gov. Fallin signs school gun safety bill package

OKLAHOMA CITY —

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed into law four school safety bills that were introduced after last year’s elementary school shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn.

The bills establish a school safety institute and tells schools to run intruder drills, report firearms found on campus and share their emergency plans with local emergency responders. The bills came from a committee led by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb that studied school safety after a man killed 20 schoolchildren and six adults in Connecticut in December.

School officials and law enforcement officers from around the state say the bills could provide valuable attention and a starting point, but they say the bills won’t change much of how they currently deal with safety issues.

The bills met near-universal praise in the state legislature.

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