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Published December 20, 2012, 06:06 PM

A retired principal knows all about carrying a gun on the job

Twin Valley, MN (WDAY TV) -- As one Minnesota lawmaker proposes a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, a story tonight about a retired area school principal, who knows all about "carrying a gun on the job."

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Twin Valley, MN (WDAY TV) -- As one Minnesota lawmaker proposes a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, a story tonight about a retired area school principal, who knows all about "carrying a gun on the job."

Greg Lund spent 16 years as principal at Norman County East in Twin Valley. He says he quietly "carried." The long-time firearms safety instructor says he didn't want to leave his student's safety to chance.

As a long time principal at Norman County East, Greg Lund remembers when he first considered carrying a handgun to school. Not long after Columbine.

Lund, who is a certified instructor for those seeking permits, is himself, a expert shooter, competing in competitions nationwide. And so, as longtime principal he carried a gun, legally, at Norman County east. A cozy, rural community, miles from any emergency response team.

Greg Lund: "We had plans to what we would do but everyone was unarmed and when push comes to shove who wants to go down that hallway and face someone who has a firearm."

While there is a general ban on weapons in Minnesota schools, there is one exemption, an adult can carry a weapon in a school if he or she has a permit and has permission of the school administration.

Lund: "The superintendent knew, that I carried, we had some discussion, he grumbled about it, and said he wanted to know when i carried, I said, Larry, i always carry."

Few people knew Lund carried a gun all those years. On his hip. The last superintendent Lund worked for at Norman County east, made him take off the gun, and told him to leave it in his car. Lund complied, but to this day, he says he knows his school was safer when he walked the halls packing heat.

At Red Lake, the unarmed security guard went out and engaged the shooter and got killed. In Connecticut, the principal went out and engaged the shooter and got killed, if someone had a handgun who know what the outcome would have been.

The head of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police says introducing more guns to school security could cause problems.

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