The recent school shooting in Florida has prompted much discussion on school safety. A proposed bill that would allow teachers to carry concealed firearms into their classrooms with less training than is currently required has cleared a House committee here in Oklahoma, but some Shawnee teachers don't think the proposal is such a good idea.

The recent school shooting in Florida has prompted much discussion on school safety. A proposed bill that would allow teachers to carry concealed firearms into their classrooms with less training than is currently required has cleared a House committee here in Oklahoma, but some Shawnee teachers don't think the proposal is such a good idea.

On Feb. 28, the House Public Safety Committee voted 11-5 for the bill authorizing school districts to allow armed school personnel in Oklahoma schools if they have a concealed carry license.

Sharon Reese, a teacher at Shawnee High School, grew up around guns and isn't fearful of them, but she said she doesn't believe guns have a place in schools unless they are carried by school resource police officers.

And while that is her personal opinion as a teacher, it is one that is also shared by another Shawnee teacher, Tiffany Hile.

Hile, who teaches first graders, said there are many differing opinions among teachers on this issue, but it's just not feasible for her to carry or house a gun.

“As a teacher, it's something I never could have imagined being confronted in doing,” she said.

She believes in school resource police officers.

“That is their calling — they know the risks,” she said.

Currently, Oklahoma has a law passed in 2015 that allows armed employees in schools, but only if they've completed peace officer training or armed security guard training, which requires at least 72 hours of instruction.

But this measure, prompted by the recent Florida school shootings that killed 17, was introduced this session, along with 40 other gun measures that would expand gun rights in Oklahoma.

"Any time you have a perpetrator with a weapon, the only reasonable response to that situation is to meet force with force," said Republican Rep. Jeff Coody of Grandfield, who has introduced HB 3192 and four other gun-related bills this year.

The bill, which now heads to the full House for debate, was opposed by Moms Demand Action, a group of volunteers who are trying to defeat several bills this session that loosen gun restrictions.

"Arming teachers is an incredibly dangerous and shortsighted idea that teachers themselves largely oppose," said Christine Jackson, one of the group's leaders in Oklahoma. "Rolling back the training requirements for them to do so puts our kids in danger and doesn't make our schools any safer."

At least one district, Okay Public Schools in northeastern Oklahoma, allows armed employees.

In another gun-related measure aimed at self-defense, the same Public Safety Committee has approved HB 2591, which would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a weapon without a concealed carry permit, which is now required. That bill also heads to the full House for debate.

Watch for updates.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.