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Senate bill would allow Colorado teachers to carry concealed weapons

DENVER — Would allowing teachers to arm themselves prevent another mass school shooting? That question will be up for debate in the Colorado legislature Monday.

Senate Bill 13-009 would allow teachers to carry concealed weapons into their classrooms. Current laws bar the practice at any public K-12 school.

As big a push as the proposal has received in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the bill may have difficulty moving through a committee dominated by Democrats — the same Democrats who are pushing for an increase in gun control during this legislative session.

But in a state that has seen more than its share of mass shootings, many Colorado Republicans are arguing that putting guns in the hands of responsible parties is the only answer.

“It’s clear that the current policy of gun-free zones and banning guns isn’t working,” said Greeley Sen. Scott Renfroe, a Republican sponsor of the bill. “Let’s be honest and take the emotion out of it…. It’s a signal that someone has the time to get in and do whatever criminal act and evil they want to do.”

At the very least, it seems likely that the bill will come under some fire from Boulder Rep. Claire Levy. She’s the Democrat who introduced a bill this session that would explicitly ban guns from college buildings.