Ohio teachers can now bring weapons to class after only 24 hours of training

Educators and other Ohio school staff will now be able to bring a gun to class after undergoing 24 hours of training.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine announced he had signed House Bill 99 (HB99) Monday morning, according to various media outlets.

The law, according to the statement, amends the number of hours of training required for school staff to carry a gun. 700 hours of training were originally needed, and with the signing of the new law, school staff who want to arm themselves will have to go through 20 hours of first aid training and four hours of “stage-based training,” according to the media.

In addition, under the new law, school staff members who choose to arm themselves in class will be subject to eight hours of “qualifying training” per year, according to WKYC.

Although the Ohio governor has changed the training requirements for armed school staff, school districts can decide whether or not to allow school staff to carry, depending on the point of sale. In addition, each of the district school boards will have the opportunity to decide if additional training is needed.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced he has signed HB 99, which changes the amount of training school staff need to bring a gun to class on Monday. Here, then-candidate DeWine speaks in Columbus, Ohio on November 6, 2018 after winning the election.
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At a news conference on Monday, DeWine announced that it had signed the provision into law, stressing that school districts will have the opportunity to make the decision that suits them.

“Each school board will determine what is best for its students, staff and community,” DeWine said.

DeWine’s announcement to turn HB 99 into law comes weeks after 21 people were shot dead, including 19 children at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Following the deadly shooting, gun control has been a hotly debated topic at the country’s Capitol and across the country. President Joe Biden and others have called on Congress to strengthen gun laws.

The WKYC reported that Republicans in Buckeye State have said measures such as HB99 could help stop tragedies such as the deadly mass school at Robb Elementary School.

On Sunday, it was announced that a bipartisan group of senators had reached an agreement on firearms.

“Today we announce a common-sense, bipartisan proposal to protect American children, keep our schools safe, and reduce the threat of violence across our country,” the group said in a statement.

The agreement, reached by 20 senators, includes stricter background checks for anyone under the age of 21 who wants to buy a firearm. The proposal by the 10 Democratic and 10 Republican senators also closes the so-called “boyfriend’s loophole,” which seeks to prevent domestic aggressors from having a gun.

Republicans who agreed to gun reform legislation included Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, and Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

“Our goal is to continue to help our public and private schools get the tools they need to protect our children,” DeWine said in response. News week.

“By working together, we have come a long way in improving school safety in Ohio over the past decade and we must continue to make that progress. We have an obligation to do our best every day to try to protect our children.” add. .

Updated 6/13/2022, 1:08 PM ET: This story has been updated with comments from Governor Mike DeWine.

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