Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has just signed a bill into law that is causing liberal’s heads to explode.
DeWine signed a bill allowing school districts across the state to authorize teachers, principals, and staff to carry guns into a classroom with around 24 hours of training. The law was in response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
“In life we make choices, and we don’t always know what the outcome is going to be,” DeWine said at a press conference Monday. “What this Legislature has done, I’ve done by signing it, is giving schools an option based on their particular circumstances to make the best decision they can make with the best information they have. That’s all any decision-maker can do.”
Traditionally, schools have allowed staff to carry weapons but were required to undergo 700 hours of training.
Fox News reported:
After an employee is cleared to go armed, the law, as enacted, requires up to eight hours of annual training. The training programs must be approved by the Ohio School Safety Center, and DeWine announced he’s ordering the center to require the maximum 24 hours and the maximum eight hours.
Schools can provide additional training if they wish, DeWine said.
The Republican governor outlined several other school safety measures he and lawmakers have promoted, including $100 million for school security upgrades in schools and $5 million for upgrades at colleges.
The state is also adding 28 employees to the school safety center to work with districts on safety issues and to provide training under the new law. Ohio has also provided $1.2 billion in wellness funding for schools to address mental health and other issues, the governor said.
After the bill passed the legislator, DeWine said his office “worked with the General Assembly to remove hundreds of hours of curriculum irrelevant to school safety and to ensure training requirements were specific to a school environment and contained significant scenario-based training.”
“House Bill 99 accomplishes these goals, and I thank the General Assembly for passing this bill to protect Ohio children and teachers,” he said. “I look forward to signing this important legislation.”
In response to the bill, cities Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleaveland (all run by Democrats and are burdened with crime) held a press conference denouncing the bill.