Colorado charter school security bill advances; allows for hiring of armed guards

DENVER - Lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow Colorado charter schools to hire armed security.

The state House Education Committee passed the bill on a 11-1 vote Monday. Currently, school districts can hire security officers to carry concealed handguns on school grounds if the officer has a valid permit.

The pending proposal, which has bipartisan support, would grant the same authority to charter schools.

The bill will now be heard by the full House.

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