Iowa lawmakers send bill to governor that would arm teachers

Both chambers of Iowa’s legislature have passed a bill that would allow teachers and other school employees to apply for permits to carry guns on school property.

The Iowa House voted 62-36 Monday on the legislation, sending it to Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA) to sign. The Iowa Senate passed the legislation last week. Republicans say the legislation is in response to the Perry Middle and High School shooting, which left one sixth grade student and the school’s principal dead.

“Time and math do not lie,” said Republican state Rep. Phil Thompson, the bill’s floor manager. “The first 30 seconds in these scenarios are extremely critical. This bill does set a high standard for districts and staff that want to participate in this and go the extra mile to protect our kids.”

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