Legislation could allow SC teachers to carry guns at school

Administrators and teachers would take a class before receiving the special permit

By PoliceOne Staff

COLUMBIA, S.C. — New legislation would allow South Carolina teachers to apply for a special concealed handgun permit allowing them to carry guns in school. 

After a Sept. shooting that killed 6-year-old Jacob Hall and injured another student and teacher, Rep. Joshua Putnam drafted the bill to launch the voluntary program, WSPA reported.

The legislation requires principals and superintendents to vote to allow their teachers to take a special course to get the permit, according to the news station. 

Putnam said this offers schools with no resource officers extra protection in case of an emergency. The class would provide the same training as police officers get for active shooter situations. 

Weapons have to stay concealed and holstered. Parents and students would not know who is carrying. 

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