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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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