Rep. Stewart on school safety: ‘It’s time for tough decisions’

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WASHINGTON (News4Utah) – Lawmakers on the state and national level are working on measures to keep students safe at school.

Utah Representative Chris Stewart says it’s different this time around. People across the country are committed to acting. He says it’s time to make some tough decisions and all solutions should be part of the conversation, even controversial ones, like raising the age limit to purchase an assault-style rifle to 21 and a court-approved process to remove guns from those who show threatening warning signs.

In Parkland, he also points to a systemic breakdown at the local level.

“The school failed. Very clearly local law enforcement failed. They were there again, and again and again. Very clearly the FBI failed on this. They were given very specific, and multiple witnesses saying we’re concerned about this,” said Stewart.

Stewart is working on his own school safety bill that would include funding to enhance security with armed guards and other measures. He hopes to have the bill finished next week.

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