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Donnelly unveils school marshal plan
SACRAMENTO • Assemblyman Tim Donnelly formally introduced his California School Marshal Plan on Wednesday. Assembly Bill 202 would authorize school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to use general purpose funds to provide training to qualified school employees who wish to carry concealed firearms on campus.
The bill would protect employees’ anonymity by exempting school marshals from the concealed weapons permit portion of the Open Records Act, according to a news release from Donnelly’s office.
“In light of the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, we must develop a plan that will provide both true, immediate protection to our children and teachers and a deterrent to future predators,” Donnelly, RTwin Peaks, stated in the release. “That is why I have introduced AB 202.”
The press release said that according to the Gun Free Zone Act of 1995, administrators, teachers or campus staff may carry concealed firearms if the school permits it.
Donnelly said AB 202 will allow school districts to fund the necessary training for faculty and staff who are already legally allowed to protect their school because of the gun act.
“The teachers and administrators at Sandy Hook showed incredible bravery, laying their lives down for their students. We must honor their sacrifice by ensuring that our teachers are not left defenseless again,” Donnelly said. “We have a moral imperative to protect the children in our schools. We must do so without abandoning our oath and duty to safeguard the Constitutional rights of every Californian. AB 202 will help us accomplish both.”
Lynnea Lombardo may be reached at (760) 951-6232 or at LLombardo@VVDailyPress.com.
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