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Arkansas Board Suspends Armed Teachers Program

Responding to a recent attorney general’s opinion, a state regulatory board voted Wednesday to block teachers and staff at Arkansas schools from carrying guns on campus.
August 15, 2013
 

Responding to a recent attorney general’s opinion, a state regulatory board voted Wednesday to block teachers and staff at Arkansas schools from carrying guns on campus.

 
The state Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies voted to suspend all registrations it had approved previously for school employees to serve as armed security guards. The action came after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in an Aug. 1 advisory opinion that the board could not legally authorize school employees to carry guns on campus.
 
Over the years, about a dozen school districts have obtained registration for about 60 employees to serve as armed security. Most districts have armed or planned to arm only a few people, but the Clarksville School District received national attention when it recently trained about 20 teachers and staff members to serve as armed security.

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