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Maine Senate rejects gun proposal for schools

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After debating an issue that exploded into relevance following last December’s Newtown, Conn., killings, the Maine Senate has rejected a bill allowing schools to have an employee who is qualified to carry a concealed handgun on school property. Senators turned the proposal down by a 19-to-14 vote on Tuesday. As proposed by Senator David Burns, Republican of Whiting, the bill would authorize school administrative units to establish rules, procedures, and guidelines to allow a properly trained school employee to carry a concealed handgun on school property. An amendment would have allowed the schools to have that person trained as a part-time law enforcement officer.

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