California School District Arming Teachers

A California school district voted this week to allow some teachers and staff to carry guns on campus; a move they say will provide “…a safe environment for students and staff members.”

The Kingsburg Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees voted to approve a new policy on Monday for the small town near Fresno. This is only the second school district in the state to do so.

The policy allows for the school district’s superintendent to designate no more than five district employees whom may carry a concealed firearm and ammunition at any given time. According to a board agenda, employees who wish to carry a weapon must fill out an application, and meet the following criteria:

  1. The employee must be a lawful holder of a valid and current Carrying Concealed Weapons (CCW) issued by any California sheriff
  2. This CCW must have no restrictions imposed by the issuing authority relative to possession on school grounds or public property
  3. The employee must have completed a training designated by the superintendent
  4. The employee must have completed any training program required by the Districts workers’ compensation, liability or other insurance carrier, as those training requirements my change from time to time
  5. The employee must have submitted a completed and signed Firearms Possession Application and Firearms Use Agreement

District documents also indicate the superintendent will take things like the employee’s conduct, discipline record and evaluations into account when considering him or her for approval of carrying a gun on campus.


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