Some small schools question proposed state gun lawsHunter, ND (WDAY TV) - In a time when the federal government is working on stricter gun laws, North Dakota's house has approved a bill allowing weapons inside schools.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Hunter, ND (WDAY TV) - In a time when the federal government is working on stricter gun laws, North Dakota's house has approved a bill allowing weapons inside schools.
As long as the school approves, the bill would allow someone with a conceal and carry permit to handle a firearm - but some schools don't feel it's necessary.
Three days a week, an armed guard patrols these hallways, and has a plan to protect the school's 560 students in case all goes wrong.
Allen Burgad – Northern Cass Superintendent: "Both in fire, tornado and in case there is the worst tragedy of all, I guess so to speak, would be a school shooting."
Even after watching fear sweep the nation as Sandy Hook was hit with tragedy, superintendent, Allen Burgad, isn't sure about letting guns into his school.
Allen Burgad: "I'd feel uncomfortable being around young children with a firearm attached to my waist. I'd feel uncomfortable if any other teacher or administrator would have one in the school."
Northern Cass is practically in the middle of nowhere which even has students concerned.
Chelsy Strauss - Senior: "It does take some time for local ambulances to get here, I know like the closest place is about 5-10 minutes away. So, if something would happen, if somebody would get hurt, I think it would be an issue."
Even so the superintendent who grew up around guns isn't keen on the idea.
Allen Burgad: "I don't know if I'd feel comfortable having another person carry a weapon in school, because you don't know what type of decision they would make."
The measure could also pose liability issues. He feels there must be a better solution.
Allen Burgad: "The only way that schools can be completely safe is to have a trained school resource officer at the building 24-7.”
North Dakota's House also proposed a package of bills allowing those with conceal and carry permits to carry a gun inside of churches and in public gatherings. However, the bill must still be passed through Senate.