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Ga. Schools Consider Arming SROs With AR-15s

October 01, 2013  | 

Three Gainsville, Ga., schools are considering arming their school resource officers with a Colt AR-15 rifle to harden response to a possible active shooter.

Gainsville Police Chief Brian Kelly has been giving presentations to the school governance councils at Gainsville High School, Wood's Mill High School, and Gainsville Middle School. The middle school's council has voted to support the initiative.

Under the plan, a Colt 6920 M4 carbine would be placed inside a safe at each of the schools. The SRO would be the only one who could access the safe with a biometric security lock, reports the Gainsville Times.

The initiative is a response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown and an attempted shooting at DeKalb County's McNair Discovery Learning Academy.

Comments (8)

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Jack Hunter @ 10/1/2013 10:12 PM

GREAT JOB, SOMEBODY is finally taking this seriously!

Doc @ 10/2/2013 4:55 AM

That's Great idea, because the rifle will give better accuracy and range.
Another thing is will do is penetrate body armor, because more of these shooters are wearing body armor.
Before anyone says that the rifle bullets will keep going forever, That's not true. These rifle bullets have a much lower mass with a much higher velocity, and when they hit hard objects, they tend to break apart.
Handgun rounds have more mass to the bullet, at a slower velocity, so they tend to stay intact and bounce around on solid objects or surfaces.

S.S. @ 10/2/2013 6:01 AM

It's about time!!!

Rick @ 10/2/2013 8:16 AM

Good start, but it doesn't go far enough. Only the SRO can access it. Others on the school staff should be able to access it also, in case the SRO goes down or is unable to get to the safe. This is also further proof that someone with a little training, like a citizen or school staffer, is capable of detering or stopping an attack by an armed criminal.

mikew @ 10/2/2013 8:41 AM

While I support the Chief's effort and the willingness of the middle school councils to possibly act on this request, the rifle needs to be with the officer, not locked in a safe. If he is away from the office, how will he get back to the office and then take action against the shooter? He needs to wear it around his neck. Unfortunately, kids, guns and schools are all part of the reality of life in today's world.

Capt. Crunch @ 10/2/2013 11:43 AM

I agree with mikew.

Ima Leprechaun @ 10/2/2013 11:41 PM

The gun is locked up so if it is needed there will be no time to go get it. It's way too big to just carry around every minute of every day. If firepower is the need try a larger magazine and at least four back up magazines plus the one in the gun, I carried that on duty for 10 years I could hold off a small Army with that much ammo. Of course it helps to clean the gun more than just once per year, ever look at an SRO's firearm, talk about dirty. The idea's keep getting dumber everyday. I like Ricks idea, when that teacher that is on lithum goes off his meds he will have a fully armed AR-15 that can cut through body armor like a warm knife thru butter, oh yes make that gun available to anybody that might get fired, be off their meds or just be a little PO'd that day.

NJ Motorcop @ 10/3/2013 11:38 AM

While having the gun available is basic common sense, locking it up so that only the officer can access it is ridiculous. First of all, if it isn't on the officer when the need arises he probably won't have time to go and get it, totally negating its value. Not allowing others to open the safe means that an officer who has cornered an attacker can't send someone else to fetch it for him, and also prevents others from defending themselves with it if the officer isn't avilable to do so.

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