The Ohio Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would make it easier for school boards to allow teachers to carry guns on campus to provide protection.
Controversial HB 99, which passed Senate 23-9 after passing House 59-33 on November 10, 2021, is intended to “explicitly override” a divided decision by Ohio Supreme Court of June 23, 2021, which found state laws banning a school from employing a person “who goes armed while on duty in his job unless the employee has satisfactorily completed an approved basic peace officer training program or has 20 years of experience as a peace officer”, according to Gabbard v. Madison Local School Dist. Bd. by Edn., filed in Columbus.
The issue landed in court after several parents sued the Madison Local School District in Madison, Ohio, whose board approved a 2018 rule that allowed teachers with limited education to carry weapons on campus after a school shooting at Madison Junior / Senior High School in 2016 that injured four students. .
The Supreme Court, which upheld an earlier decision, wrote that “since the board’s resolution of April 2018 is intended to allow certain school employees to go armed during service without also requiring these employees to meet the education or experience requirement under the (state law) resolution” against.
In addition to eliminating the stringent training requirements,
HB 99 would “establish the Ohio School Safety Crisis Center and the Ohio Mobile Training Team to develop a curriculum and provide instruction and training for individuals to carry deadly weapons and dangerous ammunition in a school safety zone.”