CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The House Education Committee has endorsed a bill that would allow K-12 staff to have guns at school.

The committee voted 6-3 for the bill sponsored by Republican Rep. John Eklund, of Cheyenne. The bill heads to the full House for further debate.

Under the proposal, local school boards could allow teachers and other school staff who hold concealed-carry permits to carry guns or have a weapon stored in a lock box on campus if they get proper training.

Eklund says his bill would enhance school security especially in rural areas.

Opponents of the bill questioned whether local schools boards had the time to handle such a controversial issue and whether school boards should have the power to determine who has the right to bear arms.