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Issue on gun-carrying school employees out of holster again

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) -- Many representatives and senators had several questions Friday about how the state can approach the future of whether or not to allow school districts to carry firearms, during a joint judiciary committee meeting.

Only 13 school districts are currently allowed to have armed personnel, but those licenses are not expected to be renewed past 2015.

Not only are legislators looking at what to do with these 13 districts, but also if there's an avenue to have more become licensed. One senator in the meeting made it very clear that come February he's ready to introduce a new bill.

"I plan to offer up a piece of legislation that will give certification to these schools through a law, and give them a legal right to do this," said Senator Gary Stubblefield from northwest Arkansas. "Without going before the private investigator board."

Arkansas' president with the Arkansas Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Dr. David Hopkins, spoke to the judiciary committee about his proactive concern.

Hopkins is the superintendent of Clarksville School District, one of the 13 licensed districts that won't be allowed to continue protecting their schools with employees after 2015.

"I would like to see every school district, every board that wants to provide this type of security for their kids, I think they outta be able to put that together," Hopkins told us after the meeting.

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel gave his opinion some months ago that he believed it wasn't legal for school employees to carry guns, but if this is made a law all of that could change.

On September 11 of this year the State Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies voted in favor of renewing licenses for the 13 districts, who already had a plan in place, for two additional years.

However, the board denied all new school districts that were applying for a license.

No future meeting is set as of now to discuss this issue again.