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Hagman Signs on to Co-Author Bill to Arm School Employees

The proposed bill would allow school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to train qualified employees who are willing to carry a concealed firearm.

Assemblyman Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills, has signed on to co-author a bill that would allow authorized teachers, custodians, and other school employees to carry a concealed firearm on campus.

Hagman's 55th District includes Diamond Bar and Walnut.  The legislation's chief author, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, listed several fellow lawmakers who have signed on to co-author his Assembly Bill 202, including Hagman, in a news release.

The proposed legislation, which was inspired by the recent school shooting in Newton, Conn., would establish what Donnelly calls the California School Marshall Plan.  Under the plan, school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools would be allowed to use general fund money to train any qualified school employee who is willing to carry a concealed firearm, according to Donnelly.

The plan would also protect the identity of those employees by exempting them from the concealed weapons permit portion of the Open Records Act.

“In light of the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we must develop a plan that will provide both true, immediate protection to our children and teachers, and a deterrent to future predators. That is why I have introduced AB 202,” Donnelly said.

The proposed bill has not been assigned to a committee yet.

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