North Carolina County Hopes AR-15s Inside Schools Will Stop Shootings – By Ben Blanchet (Huffpost) / Aug 6, 2022
The rifles will be inside safes along with “breaching tools,” according to Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood.
Officials in a North Carolina county hope equipping schools with AR-15 rifles will prevent shootings.
Madison County officials plan to put a safe with an AR-15 rifle in each of its six schools next school year, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.
The safes will include “breaching tools” for opening barricaded doors, along with “extra magazines with ammo,” according to Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood.
Harwood said he can see how the “optics” of school resource officers using AR-15s could be “discomforting.” However, he sees it as a needed action.
“I hate that we’ve come to a place in our nation where I’ve got to put a safe in our schools, and lock that safe up for my deputies to be able to acquire an AR-15,” Harwood said.