Alabama Schools Can Keep Guns at the Ready

From: Gene Poole ([email protected])

Education administrators in Alabama have another option to stop
a school shooting, now that Gov. Kay Ivey has signed an
executive memo authorizing the storage of firearms in a safe on
campus. There are stipulations, but the state is moving to
create new approaches for dealing with the threat of school

Ivey’s memo mandates that any administrator who wants to take
advantage of the offer must have a concealed-carry permit, must
undergo firearm training, must submit to random drug tests, must
be sworn in as deputy sheriff and must work at a school without
a school resource officer.

The guns and ammunition must be kept in a biometric safe and
should be retrieved only in the event of an armed attack.

Ivey acted on her own, rather than waiting for the state
Legislature—which convenes early next year—to address the
concerns regarding school safety, because, “With the unfortunate
continued occurrence of school violence across our country, we
cannot afford to wait until the next legislative session.”

While Moms Demand Action railed against the action, an analyst
with The Heritage Foundation pointed out that armed response can
stop threats, or keep them from becoming worse. “Even in [Santa
Fe, Texas], where 10 lives were tragically lost, the immediate
response of armed school resource officers prevented the
situation from becoming much worse,” said Amy Swearer, a legal
policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. She also called this
a more financially viable option than requiring school districts
to hire more school resource officers.;

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