Virginia Republican Del. Bob Marshall of Prince William County wants school boards in the state to designate employees who can carry concealed handguns on school property.
The bill would require those who carry guns on school grounds to be trained and certified by either the state or the National Rifle Association. Some have argued that school shootings like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 could be prevented if schools had armed personnel who could confront an active shooter.
Eights states have already passed laws since 2013 allowing teachers and school staff to carry guns, but such legislator has been unsuccessful in Virginia in the past.