Public hearings being held on gun proposals in Alabama

Mar 14, 2018

      Alabama lawmakers will hold public hearings on proposals to allow some teachers to carry concealed handguns into their schools. The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing today on the bill by Republican Rep. Will Ainsworth. It would allow public school teachers and administrators, after undergoing police training, to carry a pistol on school property. It is one of a number of ideas introduced after the fatal shooting of 17 people at a Florida high school.

     Ainsworth says students are now "sitting ducks." Critics argue bringing guns into schools will increase the chance of a deadly incident. Committee members will also hold a hearing on a separate proposal to allow school systems to designate certain employees to carry weapons as part of a school security team.