Maine lawmaker proposes arming teachers

A state lawmaker has proposed a bill to allow teachers and other school employees to carry concealed firearms at school, but the bill raised questions Wednesday among legislative leaders. Senator David Burns, Republican of Whiting, said he has been thinking of similar legislation for about a year, but decided to advance his proposal in response to the deaths of 20 students and six educators at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school on Dec. 14. Burns’s bill would require school employees carrying concealed guns to take a firearms training course and undergo a psychological exam. It would also require the approval of the local school board, superintendent, and principal, as well as the notification of parents.