Lawmaker Wants School Teachers Trained in Gun Safety for Free
By Jason Lamb
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -- A local leader wants to make it easier for teachers to safely use guns in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting last month.
To get a concealed carry permit in Tennessee, you have to pass a gun safety class, and the vice mayor in Mt. Juliet wants to let teachers in Wilson County take that class for free.
He wrote up a resolution that the city commission will hear on January 14.
The cost of that class is usually $50.
Vice Mayor James Maness says he wants to remove as many local hurdles as possible toward allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools.
"You'd never know who had or didn't have the gun if it was concealed, but at least if it was in the back of your mind that someone might have it, it may be in the back of a criminal's mind that someone may have it too," said Maness.
The State Legislature would still have to pass a law if it wanted to allow guns in schools.
The Sheriff in Wilson county says he thinks expanding the school resource officer program is a better option.