Oklahoma Teachers Are Allowed To Carry Concealed Guns. But Don’t Ask Which Ones

by CORY HERRO – Lawmakers in Oklahoma are moving to keep secret the names of public school teachers and staff who carry concealed weapons around students. After concerned parents requested the names of armed school personnel, the Oklahoma House approved legislation this week exempting these names from open records requests. The bill now moves to the Oklahoma Senate, where it will likely be approved. Governor Mary Fallin (R) has not indicated whether or not she supports the bill. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jeff Coody (R), says secrecy is for the safety of the armed personnel. But Rep. Jason Dunnington (D) thinks parents have a right to know. “I voted against this bill as a parent with children in the Oklahoma public school system,” he told ThinkProgress. “If a teacher has firearms in the classroom, parents should be able to know who that is. What if the teacher is a notorious gun lover...

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