Irving ISD Tables Concealed Weapons Proposal

The Irving school board unanimously voted to table a proposal to allow teachers and staff members to bring concealed weapons to school but leave them secured in their vehicles during the school day.

School district trustees voted 7-0 to table the measure, saying they felt they needed more information before approving the policy.

No date has been set to consider the proposal again.

Board members discussed the pros and cons of the proposed policy change during a work session Monday.

"I still just have a lot of questions both pros and cons," said Larry Stipes, the board member who suggested the change.

Jerry Christian, chair of the board's policy committee said teachers and staff members would leave their guns stored securely in the vehicle, not allowing it to be seen. He also suggested that they not even talk about the guns being there.

The proposal was not intended to change school security but would give employees the option of having additional safety while commuting to and from work.

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