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North Carolina County adds AR-15s to schools for classroom defense

The Madison County School District in North Carolina placed an AR-15 in a safe in every school in the county so the weapons would be accessible for class defense in the event of an attack.

The Citizen Times notes that schools in Madison County will also have additional breaching tools and ammo magazines for rifles.

The county’s decision was designed as a response to the May 24 attack in Uvalde, Texas.

A memorial for the victims of Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School is seen May 27, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

USA Today reported that Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood lobbied for AR-15s after the attack, stressing that he didn’t want evil people entering the school and holed up in a classroom with helpless officers.

Harwood said: “Hopefully we never need it, but I want my guys to be as prepared as possible.”

“We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and a safe in all of our county schools. We also have breaching tools to access these vaults. We have extra magazines with ammo in those safes,” Harwood explained.

“If we have someone barricaded in a doorway, we won’t have to wait for the fire department. We will have these tools to be able to force open this door if necessary. I don’t want to have to run to the car to get an AR because it’s wasted time.

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