Amid the debate over whether teachers should be armed in schools, a Dayton-area lawmaker says he believes some students could carry weapons as well.
Conservative Republican Rep. Niraj Antani says this came about because of a question from his Democratic opponent on Twitter.
“This is my belief – that any law abiding person who is of age should be able to carry a firearm anywhere in a public place to protect themselves. And I also further believe that gun-free zones don’t work.”
Antani is now getting backlash from Republican opponents in the May primary. But Antani says it’s not a proposal he wants to turn into legislation – he stresses it’s just his belief and that he’s not advocating arming students. Federal law bans weapons by unauthorized people in schools.
I did a poor job of communicating my position, and I apologize for that. STATEMENT: pic.twitter.com/gHNuNJvGZD
— Rep. Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) March 16, 2018