Mississippi House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees.
The House voted 70-46 Tuesday to amend Senate Bill 2659 to allow school districts to decide whether to allow guns in schools.
The Senate bill had included a proposal by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to help schools pay for resource officers.
The Senate earlier killed a House bill allowing districts to arm employees who pass a firearms safety course.
The House and Senate will have to resolve differences before the bill can move forward.
House Education Chairman John Moore says students now are "absolutely defenseless" without armed adults. He says some districts are too poor to afford certified officers.
Opponents say guns in schools are a recipe for trouble.