Members of the Oregon School Boards Association will testify in Salem Friday in favor of allowing local districts to determine their own gun policies, related to school safety. Redmond School District Superintendent Mike McIntosh likes the idea of local control. He’s he's already heard from several parents on both sides.
"There are familes who've told me that if there's guns in schools by laymen- i won't send my kids to schools- and there are others who say if they don't get guns in school I won't send my kids - so there's a lot of controversy for how that goes- so i think in the end local control is the right way to go."
McIntosh says one problem with allowing volunteers or teachers to be armed is that the insurance company for most Oregon School Districts is reluctant to cover that liability.
The Oregon School Boards Association testimony is planned for hearings at the state Capitol on four gun-safety bills before the Senate Judiciary Committee.