Colorado's public schools would be allowed to permit teachers to carry concealed weapons under a bill up for discussion Tuesday in the Legislature.
The Republican proposal has been made before without success, but the suggestion has additional resonance after last year's Arapahoe High School shootings, in which a student targeted a teacher.
The hearing also comes a week after a poll showed Coloradans narrowly say public schoolteachers should be armed. The Quinnipiac University Poll found that voters favored arming teachers to prevent violence in schools by a 50-45 margin.
Democrats say the proposal is a bad idea and that school security should be left to armed officers, not teachers.