Earlier this week, the Arizona Senate passed a bill that would allow teachers, administrators, a custodian or cafeteria worker to be armed in some suburban schools to be armed.
Sen. Rich Crandall, R-Mesa, sponsored SB 1325, which he says will improve student safety. The bill is aimed at providing schools a self-defense resource if they come under attack by a gunman.
The debate started after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., killing 20 several months ago.
The bill is limited to schools with fewer than 600 students that are located more than 30 minutes and 20 miles from the closest law enforcement facility.
If a school board decides to allow a school official to be armed, they are required to go through specific training under the law.
The designated employee would have to be educated on maintenance and marksmanship, judgmental shooting and legal issues relating to the use of deadly force.
While Democrats still question the bill, in the House of Representatives, there is talk that the bill could be expanded even further.