HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s Senate is backing legislation that supporters say give school districts and private schools more options to hire armed security guards.

The bill passed 32-17 on Tuesday, with a handful of Democrats joining the Republican majority to send it to the House of Representatives.

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The bill would allow schools to hire armed security guards employed by private firms, as long as they meet certain certification standards. Other changes include expanding the definition of a school resource officer to include a county sheriff or deputy sheriff.

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Democrats who opposed the bill say allowing more guns into school won’t solve a problem that can be helped by things including more money for school counselors and more restrictions on gun buying.

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