NC Teachers Willing To Carry A Gun Could Get A Pay Raise Thanks To A New Bill

Three North Carolina Republican legislators filed a bill Wednesday to give up to 3,000 teachers a 5% salary raise if they become teacher resource officers who receive specialized police training to carry firearms at work.

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The School Security Act of 2019 is a repeat of a bill that died in committee last year but State Sen. Jerry Tillman, one of the bill’s sponsors, said this time the legislation will have more support.

“This is an idea whose time has come,” said Tillman, the Senate majority whip. “With the heightened awareness of the legislature, I believe this bill will see success.”

The new legislation comes on the heels of the School Self-Defense Act filed in the state’s House last week. That bill would allow for armed teachers but not boost their salaries.

The president of the N.C. Association of Educators said the organization opposes any efforts to arm teachers.

“It is a disaster waiting to happen,” Mark Jewell said Wednesday. “We continue to be opposed to arming our teachers with firearms. Arm us with the resources we need to teach our kids to be safe.”

Just 25% of North Carolina teachers surveyed last year said “yes” or maybe” to carrying a gun at school if they were allowed to do so and 78% said it was a bad idea.

Under the proposed legislation, which teachers are armed would be kept confidential so shooters won’t know if they’ll encounter an armed teacher.

“It’s a big deterrent to somebody going to shoot up a school,” Tillman said. “You need to stop them any way you can.”

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