SB 217: "An Act allowing school districts to authorize one or more permanent employees to possess a concealed handgun on school grounds under certain conditions; relating to the duties of the Department of Public Safety; and relating to continuing education in firearms training for permanent employees authorized to possess a concealed handgun on school grounds."
00 SENATE BILL NO. 217 01 "An Act allowing school districts to authorize one or more permanent employees to 02 possess a concealed handgun on school grounds under certain conditions; relating to the 03 duties of the Department of Public Safety; and relating to continuing education in 04 firearms training for permanent employees authorized to possess a concealed handgun 05 on school grounds." 06 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 07 * Section 1. AS 11.61.210(c) is amended to read: 08 (c) The provisions of (a)(7) of this section do not apply to a 09 (1) peace officer acting within the scope and authority of the officer's 10 employment; or 11 (2) school employee authorized under AS 14.03.170 to possess a 12 concealed handgun on school grounds. 13 * Sec. 2. AS 14.03 is amended by adding a new section to article 1 to read:
01 Sec. 14.03.170. Authorization of concealed handguns on school grounds. 02 (a) The governing body of a school district may authorize one or more permanent 03 employees of a school to carry a concealed handgun on the person on school grounds 04 for defensive use if 05 (1) the governing body 06 (A) adopts a written policy specifying the manner in which a 07 concealed handgun shall be possessed and the circumstances under which a 08 concealed handgun may be used; and 09 (B) establishes physical and mental standards for an 10 authorization under this section; the standards may not be less stringent than 11 the physical and mental standards the Alaska Police Standards Council has 12 established for the employment of police officers under AS 18.65.240(a)(2); 13 and 14 (2) each permanent employee of the school authorized under this 15 section has 16 (A) met the requirements for obtaining a permit to carry a 17 concealed handgun under AS 18.65.700 - 18.65.790, including successful 18 completion of a handgun course as provided in AS 18.65.715; 19 (B) obtained a permit to carry a concealed handgun under 20 AS 18.65.700 - 18.65.790; 21 (C) completed 40 hours of a training course that is equivalent 22 to a nationally recognized training course for school resource officers; and 23 (D) met the physical and mental standards established by the 24 governing body under (1)(B) of this subsection. 25 (b) The governing body of a school district may revoke, suspend, or refuse to 26 renew a permanent employee's authorization under (a) of this section if the permanent 27 employee fails to satisfy the continuing education requirements established by the 28 Department of Public Safety under AS 18.65.820. 29 (c) In this section, 30 (1) "permanent employee" means a teacher, administrator, or other 31 person under a continuing or renewable employment contract for a period of not less
01 than one school year but does not include a person who is in probationary or 02 temporary status; 03 (2) "school grounds" has the meaning given in AS 11.71.900. 04 * Sec. 3. AS 18.65 is amended by adding a new section to article 11 to read: 05 Sec. 18.65.820. Continuing education in firearms training for school 06 personnel. The Department of Public Safety shall by regulation establish standards 07 and requirements for, and procedures for documentation of, continuing education in 08 firearms training for a permanent employee authorized to carry a concealed handgun 09 under AS 14.03.170(a). The regulations must, at a minimum, require the permanent 10 employee to complete 88 hours of continuing education in a nationally recognized 11 firearms training course each calendar year as follows: 12 (1) two hours each month; 13 (2) 12 hours each calendar quarter; and 14 (3) 16 hours each calendar year.