"O.C. lawmakers push bill to arm teachers"
Orange County Register, Brian Joseph, Register Writer,
January 31, 2013
"In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, three Orange County Assembly members are co-authoring legislation to secretly arm California teachers, janitors and other school employees with concealed weapons.
Assembly members Curt Hagman, R-chino Hills; Diane Harkey, R-Dana Point; and Don Wagner, R-Irvine, have signed onto a proposal introduced this week by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks."
"Donnelly's proposal, AB202, is in the same vein as the National Rifle Association's post-Newtown plan to install armed guards in schools.
To protect children from crazed attackers, AB202 would allow "school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to use "general purpose funds to train any qualified and willing to carry a concealed gun on campus.
These volunteers, to be known as "school marshals," would be anonymous under the California School Marshal Plan,would exempt the disclosure of school marshal volunteers from the state's public records act.
"In light of the devastating tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Donnelly said in a news release about the bill, "we must develop a plan that will provide both true, immediate p[protection to our children and teachers, and a deterrent to future predators."
Donnelly says the bill would "simply allow school districts to fund the necessary training to faculty and staff who are already legally allowed to protect their school."