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State Reverses Decision, Clarksville Gun Program Allowed

LITTLE ROCK, AR-- The Private Security Licensing Board has reversed a decision to revoke the licenses of armed staff in the Clarksville School District.
LITTLE ROCK, AR-- The Private Security Licensing Board has reversed a decision to revoke the licenses of armed staff in the Clarksville School District.

The decision came down in a hearing Wednesday morning.  The board initially revoked the policy but following a later motion, voted to allow it.  Clarksville may hold licenses for 2 years, following the 3-2 vote.

Back in August, the state board suspended registration of school districts with security guard licenses for 60 days.

The ruling to revoke the district's licenses means the Clarksville School District(CSD) school security plan to arm teachers and other staff members this Fall is effectively over.

The Clarksville School District is one of 13 districts that were given licenses by the board which designated them as private security firms.

The CSD was using the license to train some administrators, teachers and staff to work as volunteer security guards carrying concealed handguns.

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said on August 2 that the Clarksville program violates state laws. Despite the ruling, Clarksville Schools' Superintendent David Hopkins had defended his plan.

Clarksville superintendent David Hopkins had been at the hearing but was not there when the board re-voted.
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