Kansas lawmakers are considering a proposal that would make schools liable for a shooting if they refuse to allow teachers to carry guns during school.
It would also prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage to a school that allows teachers or staff to carry weapons.
Teachers are currently permitted to carry concealed guns under Kansas state law. EMC Insurance Companies — the state’s primary school insurer — however, said it would not provide insurance to schools who arm their teachers.
On Tuesday, the measure had its first hearing in front of the Kansas House Insurance Committee.
The Associated Press reported that the proposal was drafted last month, following the tragic school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Critics of the measure say it would essentially require the arming of teachers.
Democratic Rep. Brett Parker, a school teacher in Kansas, said, “It would certainly open the door for that conversation.”
State Rep. Blake Carpenter (R), who actually helped to draft the proposal, said he believes that arming teachers could help to save lives in the event of a shooting.
Carpenter’s proposal is a separate one, however, from legislation being pursued by GOP leaders in the state legislature. His bill focuses on improving school infrastructure to protect students from shooters, rather than arming teachers.
President Trump has also proposed the idea of arming certain teachers and staff members as a way of protecting schools.
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Credit: The Hill