Committee rejects bill to arm elementary, high school teachers

Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, presenting his bill Wednesday that would have authorized some elementary and high-school teachers to carry concealed handguns. (Photo: Tryfon Boukouvidis/LSU Manship School News Service)

By Tryfon Boukouvidis

 A House committee on Wednesday voted 9-7 to reject a bill that would have authorized some elementary and high school teachers and administrators to carry concealed handguns on school property.

Rep. Ray Garofalo, R-Chalmette, who sponsored the bill, said gun-free zones are “basically a welcome mat to criminals and crazies,” inviting them to “come slaughter our students.” He said the bill is “about taking off the welcome mat.”

Read the story in The News Star.


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