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Rep. Richardson to remove her name from bill that would allow stun guns in schools

Rep. Bobbie Richardson just told NC Policy Watch that she plans to remove her name from a bill that she filed with other House lawmakers yesterday that would allow school personnel to carry stun guns in schools and provide training for their use.

Reps. Riddell, Saine, and Richardson filed HB 987, “Emergency Stun Gun Use by School Personnel,” which would allow schools “to adopt rules and policies authorizing certain school employees to possess and carry certain weapons on educational property.”

Upon a careful review of the bill’s language, Richardson became worried that the bill could be interpreted to allow schools to require teachers or other school personnel to carry not just stun guns, but other weapons, including firearms.

The bill also provides $200,000 for LEAs, regional schools and charter schools to purchase stun guns for their employees.

Reps. Riddell and Saine could not be reached for comment regarding the bill.

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