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(US News) – State lawmakers across the country are considering bills that would increase the presence of guns in schools, with a number of states debating proposals that would expand the right of gun owners to carry firearms on college campuses.

In Colorado, North Dakota and Wyoming, lawmakers are pushing legislation that would peel back limits on bringing firearms to K-12 schools as well.

“We would like schools to have more options for protection,” says North Dakota Rep. Dwight Kiefert, a Republican sponsor of legislation that would allow holders of concealed weapons licenses to bring firearms to school campuses if they receive the school’s permission.

“The reason it’s necessary is we have rural schools that are 30 miles away from law enforcement, so we are trying to address the response time [to a potential shooting]. Because by the time law enforcement gets there, it won’t be a rescue anymore,” he says.

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