Arkansas AG: School Staff Cannot Carry Guns

Arkansas school districts cannot use a little-known state law to employ teachers and staffers as guards who can carry guns on campus, the state's attorney general said on Thursday in an opinion that likely ends a district's plan to arm more than 20 employees when school starts this year.
August 2, 2013

Arkansas school districts cannot use a little-known state law to employ teachers and staffers as guards who can carry guns on campus, the state's attorney general said on Thursday in an opinion that likely ends a district's plan to arm more than 20 employees when school starts this year.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, wrote in a legal opinion issued by his office that a state board that licenses private security agencies lacks the authority to allow districts to employ their teachers and staffers as security guards. A state lawmaker requested the opinion a day after The Associated Press reported on a plan by the Clarksville School District in western Arkansas to use more than 20 teachers and staffers as volunteer security guards armed with concealed 9mm handguns.

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