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St. Helens School Employees Can Carry Guns Again

OPB | Oct. 31, 2013 12:06 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 31, 2013 2:36 p.m.

St. Helens school board member Ray Biggs

St. Helens school board member Ray Biggs

courtesy St. Helens School District

Retired sheet metal worker Ray Biggs says it was basically a fluke that he even ran for a seat on the St. Helens School District School Board in the first place. He was at the Columbia County offices intending to file for a seat on the Health District Board, when the clerk told him there were two empty seats on the school board.

Biggs has six grandkids and a great grandchild and says he’s passionate about his volunteer school board position. He never intended to make guns an issue but when he was outvoted earlier this year to pass a ban on school employees bringing their otherwise legal weapons onto school property, he was galvanized into action. His motion to overturn the ban last week passed 4-1. He says last year’s Sandy Hook school shooting informs his passion, as well as the more recent shooting in Sparks, Nevada.

Biggs says people who want to ban guns from school property may be well intentioned. But he says keeping kids safe and protected from potential school shooters means that teachers or other school employees need to be able to carry weapons if they choose. He also believes the Second Amendment grants employees the right to carry weapons.

We’ll talk to Ray Biggs about the recent vote and how the district is moving forward.

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