South Carolina

SC public school employees could be allowed to carry guns in schools

by Scott Gustin,  |  published on December 20, 2012

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in school, according to WSOC.

Phillip Lowe, a representative from Florence, is sponsoring the bill in the state House.

This bill is in response to the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Connecticut last week that left 26 dead.

The proposed law would only allow school employees to carry a gun if they already have a concealed weapon permit.

York County representative Ralph Norman thinks arming teachers could help.

“On the surface … it appears to be something that may work,” Norman said.

He added they would have to work out the details to make sure the guns don’t fall in the wrong hands.

Lowe’s proposal immediately met with heated opposition.

State Rep. Bakari Sellers, D-Bamberg, called the idea “idiotic.”

“What Phillip Lowe is doing in response to the tragedy in Newtown is purely political. It makes no sense, and it is idiotic,” Sellers told The State, adding he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and supports the right to carry guns.

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