A House committee has passed a bill that would allow armed first responders in the state's 244 North Dakota school districts.
The armed responders could be teachers, administrators, janitors or others. Supporters say that some districts have well-trained retired military or police officers in their school buildings.
The measure would likely only be used in rural areas where schools don't have police resource officers within the schools or where they are many minutes away from law enforcement help.
LEAP Forward is grading this bill, HB 1332, and scoring opposition. The legislation is similar to those of previous sessions that have passed the House but died in the state Senate.