Teachers and guns: what the law says

Should teachers be allowed to carry guns in the classroom, in hopes of deterring school shootings? The question is somewhat of a moot point in Idaho.

That’s because, under existing state law, a school board can authorize a teacher to carry a firearm.

“There’s no requirement that the Legislature pass a new law or statute,” state schools superintendent Tom Luna told reporters Thursday morning.

Asked whether he considers the existing law adequate, Luna wouldn’t bite. He said he was only pointing out that the law is on the books.

A committee to study school safety issues meets this afternoon. Retired Idaho State Police head Jerry Russell will chair the committee.

Luna’s 2013-14 budget proposal includes $150,000 for a review of school safety policies.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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