Harnett County, N.C. — School resource officers in Harnett County schools will have access to long guns on campus after a unanimous vote by the school board Thursday night.

The board voted to build gun safes, at an estimated total cost of $2,500, for the 10 middle and high schools where resource officers are stationed. The safes would be bolted to the wall and floor with fingerprint access only for the authorized officers, Sheriff Wayne Coats said.

Coats said he pitched the idea to the school board after the recent string of mass casualty events.

“If something goes wrong I want the officers to have the guns where they can get to them,” Coats told The (Dunn) Daily Record.

Resource officers currently keep rifles stored in their vehicles while on campus.

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