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Bill notifying parents of teachers with a gun is dead

Published March 6, 2013 10:19 pm

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A bill that would require parents to be notified if their child's teacher is packing a gun is dead this session, after Democratic lawmakers were unable to get the bill a committee hearing.

Rep. Carol Spackman-Moss, D-Holladay, said her HB389 met opposition from pro-gun members on the House Rules Committee, who repeatedly voted against giving the bill a hearing.

"This bill and this whole issue came about as a result of the NRA pushing for more teachers to become armed after the Sandy Hook tragedy and the Utah Shooting Sports Council saying, 'come get armed.'"

Moss said parents she talked to want to know if their child's teachers are carrying a weapon.

A poll earlier this year by the Exoro Group and Dan Jones & Associates found that nearly 60 percent of Utahns support teachers being armed, but 82 percent say parents should be notified if their child's teacher is carrying a gun.

— By Robert Gehrke