In The News: Alabama Introduces Plan To Store Weapons On School Grounds

June 1, 2018

As reported by the Associated Press yesterday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced a plan to store weapons on school grounds to allow school principals and other administrators to access them in the event of school shootings.

The “School Sentry Program,” as it’s called, would give a school administrator access to a weapon secured in a safe in schools, according to the report.

The law is voluntary; Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will oversee training. Ivey told the news outlet that a school safety task force suggested placing more officers in schools, but she said the Sentry Program could also serve as a means for protection.

“This plan is a starting point, not an ending place,” Abbott said in a statement. “It provides strategies that can be used before the next school year begins to keep our students safe when they return to school. This plan will make our schools safer and our communities safer.”

A proposal to allow teachers to carry or have access to guns in Alabama did not pass during this year’s legislative session.