Denver -- A measure allowing school districts with armed security to work with local sheriffs to establish training standards passed its first test today at the Colorado Statehouse, clearing the Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs on a 3 to 2 vote.
The bill now moves to the Senate floor for debate.
Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker), who authored Senate Bill 5, believes it will improve school safety by closing a gap that currently exists in the training of armed, on-campus security personnel.
“Nothing in this bill compels school districts to arm teachers or even to have armed security, if they choose not to,” Holbert explained. “It simply allows school districts who voluntarily opt for armed security to work with local sheriffs to develop professional training standards. That’s significantly better and safer than the situation we have now, where you either have a very high level of training for law enforcement, or no training standard at all for private security.”
Having school personnel interacting and training with county sheriffs also would help improve emergency response and coordination, Holbert points out, since sheriffs typically take the lead on such matters.
This bill only applies to teachers and school employees who:
- already passed background checks and met the statutory requirements for a concealed carry permit;
- have taken a safety training course operated by the county sheriff; and
- are a trusted professional employee of the school.
Moreover, individuals must notify the school that they will be carrying a concealed handgun and schools can limit the number of concealed handguns on school grounds.
Please contact Sean Paige at 719-337-0355 if you have questions.