NRA proposal stirs gun debate in Maine

6:35 PM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER)  - Another issue that is stirring the debate is to allow teachers and administrators, who are trained and licensed, to carry weapons in the classroom.

Jeff Weinstein, the president of the Maine Gun Owners Association says allowing teachers to carry firearms in schools and other 'gun-free' zones is a potential solution to the problem.

Weinstein says allowing teachers to arm themselves give them a fighting chance to survive and protect students if a shooting takes place.

He says police can't get to schools in time to prevent a tragedy from happening and the community needs to protect itself.

The Maine Education Association says it is against having armed police officers and teachers in schools. President Lois Kilby-Chesley says there needs to be increase in mental health services and more consistent anti-bullying programs in schools.

'Schools aren't an appropriate place to have weapons, that is not a good choice and legislators need to be calm headed about the decisions they are going to make,' said Chesley.

'The idea of having concealed permit holders in the school and a perpetrator not knowing what teachers may have a firearm, is in of itself a major deterrent,' said Jeff Weinstein the president of the Maine Gun Owners Association.

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