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After discussing an issue that burst into relevance following last year’s Newtown, Conn. shooting, the Maine Senate on Tuesday turned down a bill allowing schools to have an employee who is qualified to carry a concealed handgun on school property as protection against an attacker.

Senators turned down the proposal in a 19-14 vote, sending it to the House, where a vote against the bill would kill it for the session.

As proposed by Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, the bill would enable school administrative units to establish rules, procedures and guidelines to allow a properly trained school employee to carry a concealed handgun on school property. The bill would also require the employee to complete training in crisis intervention and hostage situations and use of deadly force.

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