PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne proposed a plan Wednesday to allow one educator in each school to carry a gun after receiving free firearms training from law enforcement.
The proposal comes less than two weeks after a gunman fatally shot 20 first-graders and six educators during a Dec. 14 rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
Mr. Horne said the program, which would first need legislative action to amend state law, is aimed at reducing the risk of similar shootings in Arizona.
Under the plan, which Mr. Horne said is backed by sheriffs in Pinal, Mohave and Apache counties, each public school could designate a principal or educator to keep the gun in a secure, locked location at the facility. It would limit gun-carriers to one per school and would be a voluntary program.
However, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu came out with his own, much broader plan on Wednesday aimed at training multiple educators per school to carry guns, noting his proposal and Mr. Horne’s were “the difference between putting your toe in a pool or jumping in.”
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