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Lawmaker Wants Armed Former Cops in Ohio Schools

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- An Ohio lawmaker announced a plan Thursday that would allow retired police officers to carry guns while volunteering inside the state's schools.

Rep. Anthony Devitis (R-Green) introduced the bill, which would limit the volunteers to nine hours of service per week, while providing them with tax credits of $500.

Devitis said the presence of an armed former officer could deter a potential shooter from following through with a plan to open fire inside a school.

"I think we're not trying to create a safety officer patrolling unruly activity, which is normally patrolled by the school itself," he said. "Their presence is really for hopefully deterring some sort of major event from occurring."

Devitis said he decided to introduce the bill after the plan was presented to him by police officers.
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