Rep. Mark McCullough, the author of the bill, said he believes children in public schools are still vulnerable.
“It's very important to understand this: Our children are not protected in our schools from violent threats,” said McCullough, R-Sapulpa. “That's the elephant in the living room. We don't want to talk about it. We don't want to think about it.
“I think the public needs to chime in on whether they'd like to see this go forward.”
The Senate Education Committee did approve a separate proposal Monday that would let the state's private schools choose whether to allow concealed firearms on their grounds. That bill cleared the panel without opposition and now heads to the full Senate.
The measure would let people licensed to carry concealed or unconcealed guns take their weapons onto private school grounds if the school allows it. It also protects private schools from legal liability from that decision except for “acts of gross misconduct.”