Representative Dwight Kiefert has re-introduced an old bill. He wants to allow concealed carry for school staffs.
“In North Dakota, we have schools that are 30 minutes to an hour away from the closest law enforcement. So, what this bill does is gives local control to the local school board to decide for themselves what they want to do to increase their safety,” said Kiefert.
If passed, it would be the the school board’s decision to put into place and would only be on a voluntary basis.
John Martinson, the executive director of the North Dakota School Board association understands the reasoning behind the bill.
He stated, “It’s well intentioned. Everybody wants schools to be safe, and so do we. It’s how to go about that. That’s the point at which we differ. We don’t believe guns belong in schools. There are other options.”
One of those options Martinson mentioned was to simply enact a rule. If you see something, say something. He doesn’t believe in tacking on another responsibility onto a faculty member’s shoulders.
“But we’re not advocating that all teachers be trained. We’re looking for, you know, personnel that’s been in the military, retired police force, that they would be willing and capable of taking the training,” said Kiefert.
Another argument for the bill says it’s the better alternative to telling kids to run and hide. However, Martinson thinks it’s not as simple as they’re laying it out to be.
He added, “Do school people want to be heroes? Of course. North Dakotans want to be heroes. But but this is a very serious issue that we’re talking about.”
The bill has only been introduced. And will be scheduled for a committee hearing at a later date.