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Jan 26, 2014 11:29 AM by Associated Press

Supporters renew push for arming Arizona teachers

PHOENIX (AP) - A bill before Arizona lawmakers this session renews a push to allow teachers to arm themselves in the classroom.

Attorney General Tom Horne and other supporters say the legislation would protect children and staff in the event of a mass shooting.

But opponents would rather have police officers assigned to schools. Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill considers the proposal little more than a ploy to expand gun rights.

The legislation is in its earliest stages, and it's too early to gauge its chances of passing, but a similar proposal failed last year.

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