The Wyoming House has advanced a bill that would permit local school boards to allow teachers and other school workers who hold concealed carry permits to carry guns at schools.

The House voted 54-to-6 on Thursday in favor of a bill sponsored by Cheyenne Republican John Eklund.

Eklund says he believes the state needs to act on the issue urgently. He says there's little if any law enforcement in many rural areas and says school workers need to be ready to protect themselves and their students.

Rep. Kendell Kroeker, an Evansville Republican, spoke against the bill. He's a co-sponsor of another pending bill that would allow anyone who holds a concealed carry permit, not only school employees, to bring guns onto school and college campuses.