A bill authorizing school district officials to carry concealed weapons passed the Miss. House Education Committee Monday and will move to the full house for discussion.

As filed by Miss. Rep. Lester Carpenter, a Republican who represents Alcorn and Tishomingo counties, Miss. H.B. 958 would allow local school boards to permit two district employees per school to carry firearms. The bill states those employees who carry weapons on school grounds must obtain a concealed carry license. They are required to complete numerous weapons training and handling courses.

If passed by the House and Senate as written, local school boards which choose to arm employees under this bill would pay costs associated with acquiring concealed carry licenses and firearm training.

Source: Carl Smith for Starkville Daily News

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