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7 California Republicans propose training school staff to use guns

Handguns are thrown into trash bins for melting at a gun buyback event.
Handguns are thrown into trash bins for melting at a gun buyback event. Maya Sugarman/KPCC

A group of seven California Republican state legislators wants to allow school districts to use state funds to train staff to use guns to ward off campus attackers.

Assemblyman Tim Donnelly said Wednesday that he introduced AB 202 in response to the December shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 20 children and six adults.

Current law allows school staff to carry a concealed firearm on campuses.

The Twin Peaks lawmaker says his bill would expand that by allowing school districts to use state funds to give firearm training to teachers, administrators and other staff in a "school marshal" program.

He says the program would also serve as a deterrent to would-be intruders.

Democratic State Sen. Leland Yee predicts the bill will have a hard time winning approval.

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