School teachers and other staff at educational institutions across the state of Ohio will now be allowed to carry firearms on campuses, including inside classrooms, after House Bill 99 came into effect this week.
The bill was signed into law on June 13 by the state’s Republican Gov. Mike DeWine. It allows school districts to decide independently whether teachers can be armed. Schools must inform parents if they allow armed staff on their premises. Those who are armed will be subject to annual criminal background checks.
Democrats are planning to introduce legislation seeking to overturn some of the “radical gun legislation” the state has passed, Russo said, while adding that such bills will be introduced at the beginning of 2023.
Republican state Rep. Jon Cross dismissed the plans, saying that such bills are unlikely to garner enough votes to overturn House Bill 99.
Gun Training for StaffHouse Bill 99 requires school staff who carry guns to undergo 24 hours of initial training at a minimum and eight hours of re-certification training every year. The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) is tasked with such training. The bill has set aside $6 million for this purpose.
The OSSC is working “quickly” to finalize a training curriculum. When ready, “regional mobile training officers will work with schools who choose to arm their staff to ensure they know everything they need to know about the curriculum requirements.”
The bill’s supporters point out that the new law will empower armed school staff to confront such shooters until the police arrive and control the situation.