South Dakota passed legislation Friday that will allow trained staff members to have guns in school, NPR said.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the "school sentinels" bill which gives individual school districts the right to arm trained staff members following the mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that left 26 dead, the BBC reported.
NPR said that there are 18 states that "allow adults to have a loaded gun on school grounds, usually as long as they have written permission."
According to South Dakota's new law, staff members who wish to carry a weapon on school property must undergo a safety training program as defined by the Law Enforcement Officers Standards Commission. At that point they will then be given the designation of being a "school sentinel," NPR said.
The new law does not require districts to have armed personnel on site, the BBC said.