The NRA proposes new measures to improve school security

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The NRA proposes new measures to improve school security

April 2, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 4:10 AM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The National Rifle Association unveiled Tuesday its recommendations to improve school security

They provided measures they believe will prevent future gun violence like the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.

The NRA is recommending a School Shield Program, a combination of policy and resources to curb gun violence.

The proposal includes increasing funding for school security, improving threat assessment and mental health training for staff, and having armed officers and school personnel at every school.

Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) said armed guards should not be a first step.

"Let's keep guns out of the hands of those who will misuse them because if you don't pay attention to that you can't buy enough armed guards to stop the felons on the streets," said Durbin.

"That is the focus of the recommendations to give schools better tools to respond quickly," said National School Shield Task Force Representative, Asa Hutchinson.

Senator Durbin is sponsoring a bill that establishes harsher penalties for third party gun purchases, where someone with a clean background purchases a gun for someone who cannot buy one themselves.

He said the bill could reach the senate floor sometime next week.

He would rather start with legislation that would put guns only in the hands of those who would use them legally and responsibly.

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