A Wisconsin Republican lawmaker wants to arm teachers in private schools with firearms as a way to defend themselves and students.
Rep. Jesse Kremer, of Kewaskum, made the proposal Monday, just five days after a school shooting at a high school in Florida left 17 dead. A former student from the school, who is 19, faces charges.
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The bill has little chance of passing, however. The Assembly plans to wrap up its work for the year on Thursday, a day before Kremer’s deadline for co-sponsors.
The bill would legalize weapons on the grounds of any private, religious or tribal school in the state that opts to allow them.
Kremer said gun-free school zones “merely serve to concentrate populations of vulnerable targets on school grounds and surrounding areas.”
Kremer said he hopes to create a pilot project at private schools and then expand the policy to public schools.