Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: December 17, 2012

Shortey: give teachers the ability to defend students 

Sen. Ralph Shortey today said a proposal that would allow CLEET-certified teachers and principals to carry weapons at school events was a good start, but could be more effective if the privilege were broadened to school employees with concealed-carry permits.

“With the tragedy we witnessed last week, we have reached a point as a country where we must take even more seriously the question of security in our schools,” said Shortey, R-Oklahoma City. “However, taking a restrictive approach to our Second Amendment rights would be the worst possible decision. Allowing teachers and administrators with concealed-carry permits the ability to have weapons at school events would provide both a measure of security for students and a deterrent against attackers.”

Rep. Mark McCullough today announced plans to file legislation that would, among other measures, allow CLEET-certified teachers to carry firearms at school events. Shortey praised McCullough’s effort, but suggested the law enforcement training requirements might be too burdensome, costly and restrictive. As long as administrators were informed as to which employees held concealed-carry permits, Shortey said, a school environment with more capable, responsible gun owners would be a safer one.

“I’m very pleased by the direction of Rep. McCullough’s response today,” Shortey said. “I’m confident Oklahoma will react in a way that does not diminish our constitutional rights, unlike what can be expected in anti-gun states. But I firmly believe an approach that broadens the ability of law-abiding citizens to defend themselves and others from assailants will reduce instances of violence and protect the vulnerable.”

For more information, contact:
Sen. Shortey: (405) 521-5557