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State lawmaker proposes arming school administrators

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A state lawmaker wants to allow Georgia schools to arm administrators.

FOX 5's Paul Yates says Cartersville representative Paul Battles is proposing the idea. Under his plan, one or more administrators could carry a weapon at school, at a school function, or on a bus.

"This is an option, this is an opportunity for school systems that feel like they need some additional security," said Battles (R-Cartersville).

His proposal would give local school boards the power to arm administrators after the school leaders receive firearms training and certification. The measure would allow the administrators to carry guns in schools, at school functions and on school buses.

"They have to go through specific training as a peace officer would. They have to qualify for their weapon. They have to go through all the background checks and have a license to carry a weapon," Battles said.

Battles has already filed House Bill 35 before the start of the state General Assembly session next week. He expects to hear opposition.

Battles says the best option would be to place police officers in all schools but that is simply unaffordable. The legislature goes into session at the Capitol on Monday.

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