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Proposed bill would require school resource officers to carry guns in Maryland schools

Posted at 4:30 PM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 18:33:20-04

ANNAPOLIS — There was a hearing in the Senate on Tuesday on a bill that would require all resource officers to carry guns in schools.

Senator J.B. Jennings, who sponsors the bill, says Baltimore City is the only school district that doesn't allow its school resource officers to carry guns.

"If they're required to carry their weapon with them doing their job, whether they're pulling somebody over on the side of the road or breaking up a fight at a a bar," said Jennings. "Why shouldn't they have the same tool with them when they are protecting our kids at school."

Jennings says this bill would make it so that in the future, other schools don't change their policies and take guns away from school resource officers.

A similar bill was proposed last session but it was voted down in committee before making it to the full General Assembly.