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Conceal and Carry Law for Teachers?

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Nationally the amount of people applying for conceal and carry permits for their firearms is on the rise. In Clay county the amount of requests for a license doubled from last year. In Cass county they've seen about a quarter percent rise in the permits. It all boils down to more people are carrying guns these days. Valley News Live explains one of the most recent surprising request for the conceal and carry permits.

Minnesota state representative Tony Cornish has proposed a bill that he says would make our schools safer. It would allow teachers to conceal and carry a weapon right in the classroom but here at DGF High School in Glyndon a teacher and our own state representative, Paul Marquart says that's the last thing we need.

Representative Marquart says no representatives have chatted with him about the bill but he's heard from colleagues at DGF High that oppose the bill, "I've talked to a few people about this just in the last day since it broke and they are very strongly opposed."

Marquart wears multiple hats. He's a Minnesota state lawmaker and he's spent all of 20 plus years molding our youth as a Social Studies teacher. When he heard about the proposed bill that would allow teachers to conceal and carry a firearm, he knew that it was in light of what happened in Connecticut. Quick responses like a bill without true contemplation are never a good idea he says, "any knee jerk reaction, any quick reaction by a policy maker at this point with this tragic event is not helpful."

He's not the only one questioning whether this makes the most sense. Raul Longoria of Glyndon has sent all four of his children through Marquart's school and says it's hard to say, "boy that's a tough call, cause up here you get big kids you know. And some of these teachers are pretty small. They could easily over power a teacher you know."

Marquart just wants his constituents to know that he is not on board with the proposed bill, "to think you can add guns into a school, and then make the school safer just doesn't make any sense to me at all."

So what ever the solution to school violence. Be it heightened security, metal detectors, or guns. Longoria says times are changing,"this is a small community and it's safe here but things are different nowadays everything is changing."

On Tuesday the Governor of Michigan actually vetoed a bill just like the one being proposed in Minnesota. In North Dakota Senator Tim Mathern told Valley News Live that arming teachers is a simplistic solution to a complicated problem.

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