Oklahoma Senate approves bill to allow more armed teachers

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - School teachers in Oklahoma with a gun license will be able to carry firearms into their classrooms with district approval under a bill approved in the state Senate.

The bill passed Tuesday on a 37-7 vote mostly along party lines, with Democrats opposed. It passed after it was amended to beef up the training requirements, requiring teachers to participate in active-shooter training with local law enforcement.

The proposed new law is optional and would require a local school board approval first. But Democrats raised several concerns, including the reduction in the number of hours of required training.

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