School officials would have the option to allow licensed school employees to be armed in school districts under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Greg MacMaster.
House Bill 4098 amends Public Act 372 of 1927 to give school executives the option to allow school employees to carry a concealed pistol on school grounds if the employee is currently licensed, if training requirements are met, and the school executive believes it is necessary. It gives the option to each individual school district through its administrators to develop a school policy to protect students and teachers.
Importantly, this bill does not force schools to accept concealed weapons in their schools, putting this legislation in line with Gov. Rick Snyder’s requirement that schools be allowed to opt out of allowing concealed weapons at their schools.
“After the horrible tragedy in Connecticut, I received an outpouring of feedback from teachers and administrators wanting to know what they could do to keep their students safe,” said MacMaster, R-Kewadin. “This bill gives school executives options and flexibility to protect their students and faculty.
“What this bill does not do is require schools to allow someone onto school grounds carrying a concealed weapon, as the legislation Gov. Snyder vetoed in Senate Bill 59 did last year. This bill would give school administrators another tool to better protect our children and teachers.”
HB 4098 is now before the House Education Committee.