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Lawmakers to meet with law enforcement on armed teachers bill

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Two Alabama lawmakers are not giving up on a bill that would arm school employees in Franklin County. Two Alabama lawmakers are not giving up on a bill that would arm school employees in Franklin County.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Two Alabama lawmakers are not giving up on a bill that would arm school employees in Franklin County.

Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow (D-Red Bay) and Sen. Roger Bedford (D-Russellville) expect to meet with law enforcement and school officials in Franklin County to further discuss the proposal on Monday.

The bill would let teachers and school employees voluntarily train as reserve sheriff's deputies and police officers for school safety and thus provide them with a firearm at school.

HB-404 passed in both houses of the state legislature but Gov. Robert Bentley vetoed it last week, citing the bill's inadequate training requirements.

Gov. Bentley suggested the volunteers should receive the same state-regulated training as a reserve deputy or officer.

Rep. Morrow's introduced a new version of the bill that addresses the governor's request.

Gov Bentley acknowledged that without this training, armed teachers would create an "unacceptable, high-risk situation" that could result in the death or injury of students, volunteers and teachers.

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