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Urge Senators to PASS SB 317 and Support School Security

Buckeye Firearms Association

Senate Bill 317, sponsored by State Senator Bill Coley, became necessary after a Southwest Ohio appeals court ruled in favor of a Bloomberg-financed lawsuit that sought to force anyone carrying on school property in the Madison Local School District to go through the same training as a police officer. This complete judicial abuse of Ohio law would require a school employee to undergo more than 700 hours of training, most of which is unrelated to confronting an active killer.

Make no mistake: the goal of Bloomberg and his paid-for, anti-gun advocates, is to stop the arming of school staff throughout Ohio. This is just as radical and absurd as current calls to "defund" police in the face of rising violence.

Senate Bill 317 clarifies the law to specifically and clearly exempt non law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry by a school district from police officer training. The bill would continue to leave the decision to each school district to determine whether to authorize a staff member to carry and what type of training to require for each person. 

“The 12th District Court of Appeals is completely out of step with prevailing legal opinion,” explained BFA’s Executive Director Dean Rieck. “Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost agrees that current law allows school districts to make this decision, which was the clear intent of the General Assembly. Unless this is corrected, the 700 hour requirement would mean that virtually no school district would be able to find enough volunteers to fill this life protecting role.”

The Government Oversight Committee recently voted in favor of the bill and passed it out of committee. The next step is urging the Senate to bring this bill to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible. Please contact Ohio Senators and ask for quick action on Senate Bill 317.

Urge Senators to PASS SB 317 and Support School Security

Buckeye Firearms Association

Senate Bill 317, sponsored by State Senator Bill Coley, became necessary after a Southwest Ohio appeals court ruled in favor of a Bloomberg-financed lawsuit that sought to force anyone carrying on school property in the Madison Local School District to go through the same training as a police officer. This complete judicial abuse of Ohio law would require a school employee to undergo more than 700 hours of training, most of which is unrelated to confronting an active killer.

Make no mistake: the goal of Bloomberg and his paid-for, anti-gun advocates, is to stop the arming of school staff throughout Ohio. This is just as radical and absurd as current calls to "defund" police in the face of rising violence.

Senate Bill 317 clarifies the law to specifically and clearly exempt non law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry by a school district from police officer training. The bill would continue to leave the decision to each school district to determine whether to authorize a staff member to carry and what type of training to require for each person. 

“The 12th District Court of Appeals is completely out of step with prevailing legal opinion,” explained BFA’s Executive Director Dean Rieck. “Ohio’s Attorney General Dave Yost agrees that current law allows school districts to make this decision, which was the clear intent of the General Assembly. Unless this is corrected, the 700 hour requirement would mean that virtually no school district would be able to find enough volunteers to fill this life protecting role.”

The Government Oversight Committee recently voted in favor of the bill and passed it out of committee. The next step is urging the Senate to bring this bill to the Senate floor for a vote as soon as possible. Please contact Ohio Senators and ask for quick action on Senate Bill 317.