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Pennsylvania bill would allow teachers to pack heat

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Pennsylvania is again considering letting teachers carry guns in class.

The Senate Education Committee in Harriburg has advanced a bill that would give teachers in Pennsylvania the option to carry concealed guns.

Supporters say it's a matter of letting schools make the safety decisions that fit them best, while opponents call it irresponsible and unnecessary.

The proposal heads to the full House after a failed motion to table it for more hearings.

Education Committee Chair John Eichelberger, a Republican from Blair County, argued that stalling it would be a waste of time, as the same language had a hearing three years ago.

The primary sponsor, Republican state Senator Donald White of Armstrong County, said the bill would be most useful in rural school districts where a police response to a violent incident may take valuable time.

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