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What if the person standing next to you at the firing range was training so they could bring that gun into your child’s school?

Concealed weapons could be coming onto your child’s campus along with backpacks and books if Assembly Bill 202 makes its way into law.

“No, it’s not right. It shouldn’t be like that,” said Raymond Thompson, parent of a fifth grader.

AB 202, introduced by Twin Peaks Republican Tim Donnelly, would allow schools to place secret armed marshals on campuses. Secret because their identities would be concealed.

That way, a gunman bent on the kind of devastation wrought in Newtown, Conn. wouldn’t know who might be able to fire back and challenge them.

Donnelly’s legislation would exempt marshals from compliance with the California Public Records Act which mandates that holders of concealed weapons permits be identified.

Many supporters of safe schools aren’t so sure they can get behind an idea like this.

“Lock the doors. I don’t know that an armed guard is gonna help if the person that comes in with a gun comes through one door and the armed guard is somewhere else,” said Edwin Wagner.

Even if the leaders of¬† districts like Sacramento City Unified wanted to opt for Donnelly’s plan, there’s no guarantee districts could afford to spend on marshals as his plan allows.

SCUSD is struggling to maintain current operations, balance its budget and avoid state take-over by closing 11 schools.

If the last name Donnelly and the topic of guns is triggering your memory, Donnelly  was stopped at an airport last year for having a gun in his carry-on.

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