The legislature recognizes that schools are currently unequipped to adequately respond to active shooter events, and that the state fails to adequately employ protective services in schools.
Therefore, HB 1763 intends to authorize certain common school and charter school employees, except for classroom teachers, to possess and carry a concealed pistol on school premises if the employee holds a concealed pistol license and has completed 2 specialized training courses.
Section 2 (1)(a) establishes the formation of a committee on school violence preparedness, and details the 13 members who must be included. This committee shall perform the following tasks by June 30th, 2019:
- Establish training curriculum standards on how to safely use a firearm to prevent, stop, and respond to an active shooter event;
- Establish training curriculum standards to develop training programs on the issues of children’s mental health awareness and conflict de-escalation; and
- Determine which school employees are eligible for the training described in this subsection.
The committee must submit a report to the legislature by December 1st, 2020 that includes:
- A description of the training curriculum standards developed;
- A determination of which common school and charter school employees are eligible to undergo the training curriculum established; and
- The number of common school and charter school employees who have engaged in training.
Section 3 of this act specifies the requirements an employee of a common school or charter school must meet in order to be able to possess and carry a concealed pistol on school premises.
Section 7 specifies that this act takes effect immediately.