Bill that would make it easier for teachers to carry firearms in schools passes Ohio Senate

Bill that would make it easier for teachers to carry firearms in schools passes Ohio Senate

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Ohio Senate voted to advance proposed legislation on Wednesday that would allow Ohio teachers to carry a gun on school grounds without the previously-required peace officer training or experience.

Republican State Sen. Bill Coley sponsored Senate Bill 317, which passed 21 to 11 during a Nov. 18 vote.

If passed into law, Senate Bill 317 would allow educational personnel, including teachers, with approval from the district to possess a firearm on school property, on buses, and at school-sponsored activities.

Current Ohio law states that only school security officers can possess a gun in safety zones after receiving 737 hours of peace officer training or after having served at least 20 years of active duty as an officer.

The Ohio House will now review and vote on Senate Bill 317.

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