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Wisconsin Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir open to arming teachers; Baldwin opposed

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Posted at 1:47 PM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-28 15:21:54-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate candidate Leah Vukmir says she is open to allowing teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms, if schools want to do that.

Vukmir made the comment Monday in an interview on WTMJ-AM. She is running against Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson for the GOP nomination to take on Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin.

Baldwin said at a luncheon last week that she strongly opposes arming teaching, saying that doesn't make any sense. She says arming teachers "could have catastrophic, unintended consequences."

Vukmir said Monday school children are "sitting ducks" and she'd support having trained people being armed on school grounds. And she says she doesn't have a problem allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons if schools want.

Nicholson did not immediately return a message seeking comment.