Ohio Gov. De Wine signs bill to allow teachers to carry guns.

Republican Ohio Gov. Mike D. Wayne signed a bill Monday allowing teachers and teaching staff to carry guns in schools with only 24 hours of training.

The new law significantly reduces the amount of training that staff across the state have to go through before being allowed to carry firearms on school grounds.

Previously, teachers and staff in Ohio needed 700 hours of training – as required by the peace officer – before school boards could approve them to be armed on a school basis.

De Vine said the move, called House Bill 99, had been in operation since last year – but the recent mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 elementary school children and two teachers “certainly The urgency to implement has increased. “

The governor argued that the new law, which would still require individuals to be approved by school boards, was more practical than the previous standard.

“My office has worked with the General Assembly to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum unrelated to school safety and to ensure that training requirements are specific to the school environment and It has important scenario-based training, “said De Vine. Upon approval of the bill.

Governor Mike de Vine said the initiative has been in operation since last year.
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The law would allow teachers and teaching staff to carry guns in schools with only 24 hours of training.
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Teachers and staff will need to be trained on how to prevent an active shooter.
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Teachers and staff will need to be trained on how to prevent an active shooter and how to prevent violent situations, as well as mock training exercises.

De Vine insisted that local districts would be able to ban school-based firearms if they chose to.

“No school needs to arm its teachers or staff for this,” he said. “Each school will make its own decision.”

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It will be up to the schools to decide whether teachers and staff can have weapons.
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The Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation of Teachers called the bill “dangerous and irresponsible.”
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The Ohio teachers’ union was among those who called on the governor to veto the bill, arguing that it was “dangerous” to have guns in the hands of untrained people.

“In the wake of the tragic school shooting in Yolde, Texas, Ohio, Ohio lawmakers are rushing to take action to address school safety concerns in our state. The Ohio Education Association and the Ohio Federation Teachers want to be clear: House Bill 99 will make Ohio students less safe in their schools, “unions Said in a statement.

“Protecting Ohio students and teachers is our number one priority, but we know that putting more guns in school buildings in the hands of people who are badly inadequately trained – regardless of their intentions – is dangerous and irresponsible.” It’s awesome. “

He added: “Teachers and other school staff should not be asked to play a dual role as armed teachers and school security personnel, but, if they are, strict training standards, such as Ohio Is determined by the current law of the land, it is necessary. “