Ore. lawmaker says teachers should be allowed guns

Ore. lawmaker says teachers should be allowed guns

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 07: A Smith & Wesson .357 magnum revolver is displayed for customers to rent at a Gun Club on December 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Gun enthusiasts rent the the weapon to try out before making a purchase at a gun store . Leading firearms maker Smith & Wesson reports almost 50 percent increase in sales revenue. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 10:08 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon lawmaker says the killing of 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school is another reminder that teachers should be allowed to carry guns.

The Mail Tribune newspaper reports that Rep. Dennis Richardson, a Central Point Republican, emailed three Rogue Valley school superintendents saying that gun bans on school property need to be overturned.

Richardson wrote that the Connecticut shootings represent another "heartbreaking failure" of school personnel to ensure protection.

When contacted by phone, Richardson added that he believes at least three officials in every school should be trained in the use of firearms.

In 2009, the Medford School District barred a South Medford High School teacher from bringing her gun to school. The teacher later lost a court appeal case.

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