Lawmaker to introduce bill to Alabama teachers to carry firearms

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Guntersville-Republican, State Rep. Will Ainsworth on Thursday said he will introduce legislation to allow some public school teachers and administrators to undergo firearms training and arm themselves during school hours, in order to help prevent school shoots like the one that occurred Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

“Our children are sitting ducks in gun-free schools. As the parent of three public school students, I believe we must act now in order to prevent another tragedy,” Ainsworth posted on Facebook.

Ainsworth, who is not seeking re-election in to the State House but is running for Lt. Governor, said he still has research to do before introducing a bill.

Once introduced, Ainsworth’s bill would join a handful several others across the nation endeavoring to put more guns in schools for the defense of teachers and students. Similar bills have been filed in Florida, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, South Carolina and West Virginia this year alone.

If successful, Ainsworth’s bill would just at least nine, which already allow some form of concealed carry in schools.


  1. This new law is not necessary in the state of Alabama. The Federal GFSZA and current Alabama law allows CCW permit holders (issued in the state of Alabama) to carry inside public schools. The only thing that prevents teachers from carrying currently is fear of being terminated for violating written school policy. As a CCW permitted citizen, I am able to legally carry in our public schools.

    We can cite the Alabama law that allows this exemption and we have a letter from the ATF confirming the exemption in the Federal GFSZA. Contact us at Alabama Second Amendment for more information.

    All that needs to be passed is something preventing school systems from terminating CCW permit holders for carrying. This new law would risk my right to carry concealed on school property by requiring POST training to qualify for the Alabama exemption to the GFSZA.

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