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Ga. Lawmaker Wants Teachers Armed

May 22, 1998

ATLANTA (AP) _ A Georgia state lawmaker wants teachers to be allowed to bring guns to school.

Rep. Mitch Kaye said Wednesday he would introduce such legislation next year. But on Thursday, as the latest in a series of school shootings shocked the country, he said state law may already allow teachers to come to school armed if they have written authorization from school officials.

The Republican said arming one or two teachers could serve as a deterrent to school violence.

``If you were a criminal, would you want law-abiding citizens to be armed or unarmed?″ Kaye asked.

Drew Allbritten, executive director of the Georgia Association of Educators, a teachers organization, called the idea foolish.

``Let’s keep the Wild West out of our schools,″ he said.

Rep. Jim Martin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the law probably was intended for ROTC instructors, but its wording is vague.

``My initial reaction is that it is not a good idea,″ Martin said.

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