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State rep. pre-files bill to allow school employees to carry concealed weapons

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A bill that was pre-filed in the South Carolina House Thursday would allow school districts to authorize employees to hold a “Public School Concealed Weapons Permit.”

The bill, filed by Rep. Joshua Putnum, specifies that the permit would be “for the limited purpose of responding to live shooters or the imminent threat of live shooters on school property.”

The language of the bill suggests that district superintendents and principals would have the power to decide whether or not to authorize such permits, and there would be requirements for the possession and use of concealed weapons.

Under the bill, the identities of permit holders would not be subject to disclosure, even under a Freedom of Information Act request, and would not be provided to the public.

The full text of H 3052 is as follows:

A BILL TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, TO ENACT THE "JACOB HALL SCHOOL PROTECTION ACT" BY ADDING ARTICLE 6 TO CHAPTER 63, TITLE 59 SO AS TO PROVIDE PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFICES MAY AUTHORIZE EMPLOYEES TO HOLD A PUBLIC SCHOOL CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT FOR THE LIMITED PURPOSE OF RESPONDING TO LIVE SHOOTERS OR THE IMMINENT THREAT OF LIVE SHOOTERS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, TO PROVIDE RELATED POWERS AND DUTIES FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS, TO PROVIDE RELATED REQUIREMENTS OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA LAW ENFORCEMENT DIVISION, TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES THROUGH WHICH EMPLOYEES MAY OBTAIN THESE PERMITS, TO PROVIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE POSSESSION AND USE OF CONCEALED WEAPONS PURSUANT TO THESE PERMITS, TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THESE PERMITS MAY BE REVOKED, TO PROVIDE THE IDENTITIES OF PERMIT HOLDERS ARE NOT SUBJECT TO DISCLOSURE UNDER THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND MAY NOT BE PROVIDED TO THE PUBLIC, AND TO PROVIDE PROVISIONS CONCERNING PRIVATE SCHOOLS, AMONG OTHER THINGS

WMBF News reporter Josh Roberson is following up with local school districts for a full report – tune in to WMBF News beginning at 4 p.m. to watch.

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