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Virginia General Assembly

Herring's call on arming teachers is wrong

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says it’s illegal for teachers to be armed in schools. This is a disturbing statement on two levels: Is he that poor of a lawyer he doesn’t understand the law; or is he allowing his personal political (and party) views to form his legal opinions?

Either is a scary thought.

HB 1392 became law in 2017. This bill substantially amended an earlier measure to allow schools to hire armed school security officers (not to be confused with school resource officers who are law enforcement officers). The enactment of this law clearly demonstrates that the General Assembly did not believe that schools had any other method for allowing persons to...