COLUMBIA, S.C. (WTHR) — Two South Carolina state representatives are preparing to introduce a school safety proposal as the General Assembly will be back in session Jan. 8.
Democratic Reps. Wendy Brawley and Ivory Thigpen would like to see South Carolina put a 7 percent fee on all gun purchases that will go toward paying to have a school resource officer at every public school in the state.
Brawley and Thigpen told NBC affiliate WIS-TV there are more than 600 South Carolina schools without school resource officers. According to the South Carolina Department of Education, however, that number is less than 400.
The lawmakers wanted to be clear that their proposal is not anti-gun — it’s just a way to improve school safety by getting more school resource officers to protect students.
“The governor made placing an SRO in every school in South Carolina public school a major campaign issue,” Brawley told WIS-TV. “”We would hope that he was serious about that because this gives us a very good head-start toward getting toward that goal, and we are hoping that he will support this and will encourage others in his party to do the same.”
Brawley and Thigpen hope to get support from their colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
Estimates say the fee would generate $22 million in revenue.