In 1989, the Nevada legislature passed a law that allowed teachers to carry concealed carry weapons while at school, but it was subject to written approval by each school district’s administration.
Clark County is the county that includes Las Vegas and the surrounding area with a population of over 2 million people.
To date, the Clark County school officials have rarely used the law to empower teachers to defend against active shooters. After all of the hype and hoopla since the school shooting in Parkland, county officials are reviewing their policy and looking at how teachers and possibly other staff could be allowed to be trained and armed in classroom.
(Las Vegas Review-Journal) – Clark County school officials are working on a policy that would spell out when teachers and other staffers can carry firearms on campus as allowed by a Nevada law passed decades ago but never implemented by the district.
Principals are already empowered to give written permission to people who want to carry a weapon under a little-used 1989 Nevada law.
Discussions of whether more staffers should be armed have increased in the wake of the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The shooting, which left 17 dead, sparked a nationwide discussion on whether teachers should be trained to carry guns in school.
A previous version of a Clark County policy, which mainly focused on student discipline, briefly referenced the law, but didn’t lay out protocols for principals to follow if a staff member requested to carry a gun on campus…
Previously, the county policy only allowed weapons to be carried by school peace officers or a school police officer, but officials are now looking to expand that to teachers and faculty. It’s refreshing to see a group of educators who understand that the best way to protect students is to have armed personnel in some classrooms.