Door Opened for Gun-Wielding Teachers in South Dakota

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Door Opened for Gun-Wielding Teachers in South Dakota

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Jacob Chamberlain, staff writer

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South Dakota became the first state in the U.S. to officially allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom on Friday, after Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed a bill into law that will allow individual school districts to autonomously decide on the matter.

Similar legislation has been proposed in about two dozen states, while a slew of other states including, Utah, Texas and Hawaii, either maintain a lack in official legal restrictions, or uphold certain provisions that make it possible for only some teachers to have guns in the classroom.

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However, South Dakota is the now the first state since the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting to specifically pen and authorize a bill that gives all teachers the ability to possess firearms in classrooms from kindergarten through 12th grade, Lauren Heintz, a research analyst at the National Conference of State Legislatures, told the New York Times.

The bill comes a day after Georgia lawmakers advanced legislation to end a ban on firearms in bars, churches and college classrooms that will now move to the Georgia state Senate for consideration.

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