Kentucky lawmakers considering allowing guns in public schools

Public school classrooms may be the latest place where guns could be allowed with legislation making its way through the Kentucky legislature.

Marshall County Superintendent Trent Lovett, who runs a district with more than 4,700 students, hopes lawmakers shoot down the idea.

"There’s always been that discussion. I’m not a big fan of that," Lovett said. 

He thinks there are too many variables in allowing staff to carry, including the possibility of guns ending up in the wrong hands. "What if that’s the person that loses it that particular day? And, we have allowed them to have a weapon into the building," he said. 

The way the bill is currently written, anyone with a concealed carry license or permit would be allowed to carry their concealed weapons on all public school properties. It is getting a lot of support from local lawmakers.

"I just heard the other day, the best defense you’ve got is you’re supposed to hold a book in front of you, and I mean that doesn’t make sense," Representative Kenny Imes told Local 6.

He said allowing teachers to carry could reduce the risk of more mass killings, like the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 students died. "It would give more people that have those intentions second thought to know somebody else was in there that could defend against them."

For Lovett, it’s a matter of protecting his students. He feels that argument is all speculation.  "That’s what they say about metal detectors. If you have a metal detector at your front door, well, if someone comes in with their guns blazing, they don’t care if the metal detectors is going off or not," Lovett said. 

The bill is currently in a House judiciary committee. If it passes in the committee, it will be put to a full House vote.

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