Sandoval Asks For Assessment Of School Security

CARSON CITY – Gov. Brian Sandoval today said he wants an assessment of how Nevada’s public schools are doing in regards to security following the horrific shooting deaths a week ago at a Connecticut elementary school.

Sandoval made the request as chairman of the state Homeland Security Commission, which met today by teleconference. A presentation will be prepared for the next meeting of the commission.

“I think it would be worthwhile perhaps if we had an item on the agenda where we could get some type of presentation of where our state stands in terms of school security,” he said. “I’m interested in terms of what is best practices and if there are things we need to recommend or do.

Gov. Brian Sandoval. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

“I also am curious in terms of fencing and single points of entry and buzzing in and out,” Sandoval said. “Just how we’re doing with the newer schools and the older schools. Perhaps it might be appropriate to have a representative from the two largest school districts.”

Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza forced his way into the elementary school, where he killed 26 adults and children before taking his own life.

Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley said the review could include a discussion of a proposed “campus carry” bill being sought by Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, R-Las Vegas. The measure, first reported on by the Nevada News Bureau, would allow those with concealed weapons permits to carry their weapons on the campuses of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Concealed weapons are now prohibited on the campuses except for rare exceptions.

A similar bill proposed by former state Sen. John Lee in the 2011 session was the focus of intense debate but did not pass.

Haley said he opposed the bill in 2011 as president of the state Sheriffs and Chiefs Association. The higher education system also opposed the bill.

Haley said there should be a discussion about what the position of the commission should be in regards to the proposed law.

“As we all know, even though we are at a university with young men and women, we also have day care centers in those universities, we also have high school students meeting there for college-level training, and we have kids moving in and out of those facilities on a regular basis,” he said.

Adam Garcia, director of University Police Services at the University of Nevada, Reno, said he remains opposed to the bill as he did in 2011.


Audio clips:

Gov. Brian Sandoval says he wants a report on the status of Nevada school security efforts:

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Sandoval says he wants to know if Nevada schools are following best practices:

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Washoe County Sheriff Mike Haley says there should also be a discussion of a proposed “campus carry” bill:

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  • Randy Petty

    So those of us who are ex-law enforcement, ex-military and concealed weapons permit holders who are willing to stand guard at our schools are not welcome?  Don’t ask me to support you Mr. Garcia or Mr. Sandoval if you aren’t willing to support our kids.  You can also piss off if you think I’ll vote for more taxes to do this, I’m willing to forfeit my life to protect our children (as are many) but am not willing to pay more in taxes that you use as YOU see fit. 

  • Jdhorndog

    your totally right Mr. Petty, I suggest you parents all pay for a partol offecer in each school for security or you parents volunteer for the job if you want someone else to watch over all the Johnnies & Jills.

  • JTylerBallance

    If a kid crossing a street is hit by a car, you wouldn’t ban cars, or try to reduce the horsepower of cars, or give the federal govt. more powers to arbitrarily commit citizens to insane asylums (the way the Soviets dealt with political enemies).

    You would hire a crossing guard.

    In the case of school security, hiring an armed security guard makes sense, and allowing concealed carry by law abiding citizens will make the calculus used by a potential shooter, much more difficult.

    Given that concealed carry has not resulted in any collateral damage in areas where concealed carry is currently permitted, I see no logic to indicate that we would see any harm from permitting concealed carry on campuses, or by faculty and staff at elementary, middle and high schools.