Updated Thu, Feb 27, 2014 2:16 pm
Two bills allowing officials to carry weapons in schools have passed separate branches of the West Virginia Legislature.
The Senate passed a bill Wednesday to allow school resource officers to carry weapons on school property.
Senator Corey Palumbo said these retired and off-duty officers stationed in schools are already being allowed to carry handguns in some schools across the state. He said the bill makes it clear they are authorized to carry.
The legislation requires school resource officers to meet all state training and firearm certifications.
The House passed a similar bill Wednesday allowing off-duty and retired officers acting as security for school to carry weapons on school buses, on school property and at school-sponsored functions.
The bills will now exchange branches.