YARMOUTH (AP) — The president of the Maine Gun Owners Association says teachers with firearms training should be allowed to carry guns following the Connecticut shooting in which 20 elementary school children were killed.
Jeff Weinstein said Thursday that concealed weapons permit holders should be allowed to carry guns in schools and other "gun-free zones," and that schools should recruit teachers who'd be willing to be trained to carry a weapon. He said "the best and only protection you have from the bad guy's gun is your gun."
Weinstein also called for re-evaluation of care for mentally ill people who are potentially violent.
Legislative leaders are conferring about whether to create a task force or take other action to examine gun violence, school safety and the treatment of mentally ill people.