SC Bill Takes Aim To Arm Public School Employees With Guns

Years ago Texas began arming its teachers. Now more states are seeing it as a viable, and I might add, rational and logical option to letting kids and teachers simply be herded up and made victims of in a place where there is supposed to be learning. Now, my home State of South Carolina is following that lead with a new bill that was introduced in the South Carolina House of Representatives which takes aim at arming public school employees on campuses throughout the state.

Rep. Phillip D. Lowe (SC District 60), a father of three and member of the National Rifle Association, wants to amend South Carolina's code by adding a section "to provide a public school employee who has a concealed weapons permit may possess a firearm on the premises of his employer."

According to the bill, Article 5, Chapter 1, Title 59 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding the following:

(1) keeps the firearm on his person at all times while on the premises;

(2) keeps the weapon concealed when not in use;

(3) uses only frangible bullets in an effort to avoid ricochets;

(4) provides written notification of his intent to carry the firearm to the principal of the school where the weapon will be carried;

(5) successfully completes and biennially renews certification as a precision marksman by SLED; and

(6) has no history of violence or unmanaged anger documented by his employer.

(B) A school board may only deny an employee of his ability to carry a firearm on school property under this section upon a finding of just cause.

(C) An employee who violates a provision of this section may not be permitted to carry any firearm on public school property for five years from the date of the violation, and SLED shall revoke his concealed weapons permit and may not terminate this revocation or issue a new permit to him for a period of five years following the date of revocation.

(D) For the purposes of this section:

(1) 'Frangible bullet' means a bullet designed to disintegrate into tiny particles upon impact to minimize their penetration for reasons of range safety to limit environmental impact, or to limit the danger behind the intended target.

(2) 'Public school employee' means a person employed by a school district, as defined in Section 59-1-160, or a public institution of higher learning, as defined in Section 59-103-5."

Additionally Section 16-23-420(a) of the 1976 Code is to be amended to read:

"(A) It is unlawful for a person to possess a firearm of any kind on any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, other post-secondary institution, or in any publicly owned building, without the express permission of the authorities in charge of the premises or property except as provided in Section 59-1-490 for public school employees or as otherwise provided in this section. The provisions of this subsection related to any premises or property owned, operated, or controlled by a private or public school, college, university, technical college, or other post-secondary institution, do not apply to a person who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon pursuant to Article 4, Chapter 31, Title 23 when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle."

While this is not a full riddance of the "Gun Free Zone" policies, notice, as far as more big government is concerned, it is completely unnecessary except to remove restraining laws. People are already getting concealed weapons permits, which frankly I don't think are necessary according to the Second Amendment, but at least this bill is a step in the right direction. Additionally, I think it will be in the best interest of the teachers, students and schools to have this in place.

On a personal note, I would rather parents simply bring their children home and teach them there and let the state sponsored public schools wither away.

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  • God Help America

    Teachers and students are now forced to be unprotected at work and while in transit! The bad guys know that school employees can't even have a gun hidden in their parked vehicle - even in the trunk! You want a victim who can't fight back - choose a teacher! Defenseless! And, forced to be so!

  • Guest

    I am wondering when SC, my home state will allow open carry as they do in

  • annieoakley

    When did Texas start arming its teachers???

  • John Whittington

    I remember when School Systems tried to do this in the past and the Teachers bucked against it! It's time they get rid of they're Socialist ideas and protect the children!!!

  • Sarah M

    Great article! Reposted

  • treedodger

    It's about time we did something that will work to protect our children. The misnomer of a "gun free zone" is typical of liberals using antonyms to label their legislation that are nothing more than failed attempts to promote their agenda.

    It does not work, has never worked, and will never work. Only by eliminating gun free zones do we allow law abiding individuals to protect themselves and others.

    That is all gun free zones, not just schools. The 2nd ammendment has no exclusions.

  • har82

    All ,, of this liberal insanity called - Gun Free Zones - needs to be repealed - yesterday- . The only place in this country democraps have made it - safe - for insane people to do dastardly deeds ,, is in - gun free zones - . NOW WHAT KIND OF INSANITY ,, IS THAT ???.
    Think about that for just a second.and - logically - follow the reasoning .. - Democraps - ,,, have made it safe ,, for criminals to safely ,, shoot up our children ,, and us ,, in these so called - gun free zones - . That ,,, insanity ,, is one of the major reasons I pulled my kids out of public schools a - long - time ago. I could not stand the thought of my kids being used as targets like in a - shooting gallery - of some Carnival all because some communist democrap wanted to - feel - better about him/her, self by making these - so called - gun free zones. - IT IS TOTAL INSANITY.,,, and it came straight from Washington DC people. the same people who have multiple - armed guards for themselves - where ever ,, they go - no less.
    My friends ,,, it is time to put an end ,,, to this insanity ,, called - Gun Free Zones - . Like a criminal ,, will pay much attention to that law in the first place lol.

  • Greg137

    A good step in the right direction. It seem some states are using the second amendment to solve the problem, because when people have the ability to defend themselves they aren't made into victims of lunatics.. The left like to USE lunatics to advance their agenda, which strips us of our liberty, but when people take responsiblity for themselves the Freedoms that we hold dear to remain protected.. Tell your Congressman and your Senators to Stand up for your God given right to keep and bear arms!

  • sick and tired

    they are NOT a 100% gun-free zone already! a cop does NOT remove his piece before entering a school! why shouldn't a staff member(s) be able to take similar training and carry???

  • Bob Marshall

    If someone is intent of carrying out a act of violence with a gun in our public schools and they know the teacher is armed, who are they going to shoot first?

    • really?

      is it a CONCEALED permit/weapon or not?!?! but if the coward knows that there COULD be a marksman with a weapon on campus, the loser just might think twice. just like you do at an intersection with a red light camera approaching on a yellow...

    • dalek1967

      That's why there should be more than one teacher/staff with guns.

  • 2War Abn Vet

    Finally, an idea whose time has come. Meanwhile the libs continue to yammer about disarming law-abiding people so that criminals (and the government) can be free to run roughshod over them.

  • IddiKlu

    Certainly a step in the right direction. Here is to hope that this will lead to more of the same, all over this country. Then we can be sure that what happened last week will never be repeated.

  • SickandTired

    That is a great article!

  • traitorhater

    Teachers would need to carry the weapon at all times and not leave it on the desk or inside a drawer where a student could pick it up if he/she walked out of the room for a minute.

    • really?

      that is what the article/bill states..

    • dalek1967

      I think that is a good idea too. A desk could be broken into and not known for a little while and in the meantime, someone has a gun that shouldn't. Having it on their person means if it is gone, they would know that immediately. Most likely even the person who took it.

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