The Ohio Armed Teachers bill was signed into law Monday by Governor Mike DeWine. Monday was also the day that the Ohio permitless carry bill went into effect, making Ohio the 23rd state to enact carrying a firearm without a permit. The new armed teachers law will take effect 90 days from now, so when teachers go back to class in the fall, they will be able to arm themselves without a permit if they so choose.
The armed teacher training law will go into effect in 90 days and will lower the number of training hours from 728 to 24, while giving school districts the right to require more. Teachers and staff, including janitors and bus drivers, would also have to complete an additional eight hours of gun training every year.
“My office worked with the general assembly to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum irrelevant to school safety and to ensure training requirements were specific to a school environment and contained significant scenario-based training,” DeWine said in a statement after House Bill 99 passed earlier this month.
Individual school boards would have the final say as to which teachers, if any, are armed and would be required to notify parents. All staff trained to carry guns would have to undergo an annual criminal background check.
Last year, around 200 Ohio schools had armed teachers before the training requirement was increased to 728 hours. The new bill reduces the training requirement to 24, which has upset some law enforcement officials, who don’t feel that 24 hours is enough. Most teachers’ unions are extremely opposed to such legislation, but in this case their concerns failed. Hopefully, those teachers who choose to arm themselves will seek out firearms training anyway.
“Using a firearm is not instinct, and watching TV shows is not training. Ohioans should learn how to handle their firearms from a qualified instructor. A trained citizen is a safe citizen.”
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming all passed legislation removing the permit requirement for carrying a firearm. But there are still regulations, so leftists needn’t be freaking out about the “wild west”. Never mind, they’ll freak out anyway.
H/T Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children
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