In the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas, at least two states are pushing legislation that would enable qualified school teachers to carry firearms on school premises.
Gun control organisations and national teachers unions, such as the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association, have been vocal in their opposition to arming teachers.
Several school safety commissions formed in the aftermath of school shootings in 2018 presented suggestions including allowing instructors to carry firearms in classrooms.
Due to various levels of participation, arming teachers has had mixed success in the past.
According to a 2020 research, 28 states already allow armed instructors in some situations, while others, including as Texas and Florida, have approved legislation supporting the practise.
Now, in the aftermath of Uvalde, the idea has resurfaced in state legislatures as lawmakers seek to implement new measures to strengthen school security.