Franklin Co. school employees could soon be armed

RUSSELLVILLE, AL (WAFF) - School employees in Russellville and Franklin County could soon be armed.

A bill sponsored by Representative Johnny Mack Morrow passed through the Senate Tuesday afternoon, and now the bill will go to Governor Robert Bentley for a signature.

If he signs off on it, teachers and support personnel would be trained as reserve deputies, allowing them to bring weapons onto school property.

"Many of these reserve deputies that now work in our school system throughout our state, they go home at 3:00 and they put on their deputies uniform and their badge, and they come back to the school they just left and do security at ball games," said Morrow. "So what this will allow them to do is become volunteers, and without additional expenses to the school system, they can be there if something tragic were to happen."

Last month, the governor expressed doubts about the idea.

A spokesperson from his office said Bentley will review the bill and make a decision later this week.

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