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South Dakota lawmakers passed legislation allowing guns in schools.
Wayne LaPierre's vision of schools where everyone is armed just got a little closer to becoming a reality. Today South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed into law a bill that allows teachers to carry guns in the classroom. While some states have provisions in their gun laws that also allow teachers to be armed, this is the first law that goes out of its way to specifically tell teachers that they can carry firearms, the New York Times reported.
Under the bill, "any school board may create, establish, and supervise the arming of school employees, " says text of the legislation.
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The bill states that arming the school employees is meant to deter threats and defend the school against violent attacks.
Yet associations representing local school boards, school administrators and teachers have actually opposed the bill, the Associated Press reported.
Despite the opposition, state senators on Wednesday voted 21-14 to pass the measure, RT News reported. Under the legislation, it's still up to individual school districts to decide if they want to arm their personnel.