Kentucky passes bill to require school resource officers to carry guns

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Kentucky (AP) Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill requiring police officers to carry weapons when assigned to schools.

The House passed the measure on a 78-8 vote Friday. The bill now goes to Gov. Andy Beshear.

The bill previously passed the Senate.

It’s a follow-up to last year’s sweeping school safety law, which did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon. The new bill’s efforts to bolster school counseling had widespread support. But the requirement that school-based officers —  known as school resource officers — be armed caused disagreements.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 7, 2020)

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