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School districts to be allowed to decide whether staff is armed

Mar 19, 2017 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Fremont County's public school districts will be given the chance to determine for themselves whether certain employees can carry guns on the job.

The Wyoming Legislature approved a bill this year that permits individual school districts decide the issue.

House Bill 194 comes with several provisions surrounding the presence of firearms in schools, however.

For example, the names of any employees who receive permission to carry firearms must be given to local law enforcement.

Otherwise, the employees' identities are confidential and are not public record, although parents and guardians must be notified that an employee at the school carries a gun.

The school district also must establish an application and approval process for employees carrying guns.

Each employee approved by the district must have a valid Wyoming concealed-carry permit and must keep the firearm on his or her person, or in a concealed container or lock box within his or her direct control, at all times.

There are significant training requirements as well: Any school district employee approved for carrying a gun must undergo 16 hours of live fire handgun training and eight hours of scenario-based training, in addition to annual firearm qualification and documented recurrent training that lasts no less than 12 hours.

Isolated, rural school districts can waive the training requirements.

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