Letter to the editor: Let’s discuss school security
Last week the attorney general for the state of Arizona said he was going to try to change state laws to allow teachers to be armed, and Utah has already confirmed that they intend to train 200 teachers to carry concealed weapons.
In Utah you can get a non-resident permit to carry a concealed weapon that has reciprocity in 15 other states. In Arizona they used to have a law that allowed people to carry a firearm openly. Then they passed a law allowing anyone who can pass a background check to get a permit for concealed carry. Now Arizona is one of three states — the others being Alaska and Vermont — that allow citizens to carry a firearm without a permit or authorization from the authorities. In California it is up to the discretion of the law enforcement entity to determine who can or who can’t carry a firearm for personal protection.
I have talked to several school board members and a casual conversation with the Sheriff’s Department and was assured that they would support the community regarding the arming of teachers. I hope this is a beginning of a dialogue regarding school security and hence the larger issue of CCW (carrying a concealed weapon).
Dr. Gary B. Myers, OD
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