Bill to give schools more control on handguns passes Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to provide more local control for school districts to decide how to protect their students.

Sen. David Bullard’s House Bill 2336 allows the local board to authorize a handgun on school property.

“This bill will let our local districts and boards decide what works best for their schools especially in rural areas where law enforcement can’t respond as quickly to incidents as in urban areas,” Bullard said.

Only school personnel who hold a valid reserve peace officer certification, or have a valid handgun license, would be eligible.

Right now, personnel and teachers must be CLEET certified.

Bullard, a Durant Republican, says CLEET is unattainable for most because it’s so expensive and time prohibitive.

The amended bill now returns to the House for final consideration.

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