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Arizona lawmakers at odds over how to protect schools

PHOENIX -- A Republican state lawmaker and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne are behind a bill that would allow teachers to have a gun in their classrooms.

Rep. David Stevens said his bill is voluntary for school districts and allows them to designate any employee to receive weapons training and keep a gun in a classroom lockbox or other secured spot on campus.

State Democratic lawmaker Chad Campbell said this will do nothing to protect children.

"This is a bad idea. What happens the first time they accidentally shoot a kid? What happens when a teacher is accidentally shot? What happens when the gun is stolen by a student and the gun is used in a criminal activity? The liability issues alone make this idea illogical."

Campbell wants stepped-up funding to put more school resource officers on campus.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.


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