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Gazette staff April 30th, 2013

As the state legislative session winds down, some lawmakers are working to resuscitate proposals that already died. That can be promising news for Oklahomans who fancy schoolteachers packing heat, and more bad news for Oklahomans who don’t like the idea of distracted drivers zooming along the highway.

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Although House leadership this session quashed bills that sought to outlaw texting while driving, proponents of the legislation tried again last week. No go. An amendment that would have limited the ban to school zones, work zones and intersections failed, too.

Faring better was a plan to let teachers and other school personnel arm themselves if they receive training certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training. House members on April 25 approved the amendment, which was attached to a CLEET-related bill.

It’s unlikely, however, that the amendment will progress in the Senate. The teacher-arming measure did not receive a Senate committee hearing earlier this session.

Still, the move sends a powerful message, presumably something about guns being a lot more intimidating to Oklahoma legislators than public-safety advocates. 

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