Florence lawmaker prefiles bill to allow teachers to carry guns in school

      Phillip Lowe (Source: Google)

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) - A Florence lawmaker has prefiled a bill to the State House that would allow public school employees who have concealed weapons permits to carry a firearm on a school's campus.

      According to the bill prefiled Tuesday, the employee would be "subject to certain requirements."

      Rep. Phillip Lowe, a Republican who represents Darlington and Florence counties, is the primary sponsor of the bill.

      According to the bill, public school employees who meet the criteria must: keep the firearm on them and concealed at all times; use only bullets that will prevent ricochet; give written notice to the principal their intent to carry a firearm; pass precision marksman certification by state police; and has no history of violence.

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      Lawmakers will begin debating the bill during the January 2013 session.{}

      Lowe's office has not responded to requests for comment.