AR-15 firearms are placed in schools by the North Carolina education district.

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NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! With plans to place AR-15 firearms in emergency safes throughout county schools, one school system in North Carolina is putting matters of school safety into its own hands.

By placing AR-15s in schools, Madison County, North Carolina, seeks to improve security and reduce gun crime. Schools are prepared for the worst in the wake of the horrific Uvalde school massacre, which claimed the lives of 19 pupils and two instructors.

Sheriff Buddy Harwood and Lt. Coy Phillips meet with school system administration July 13 to brief them on the enhanced security procedures coming to Madison County Schools.

The school system administration is briefed by Sheriff Buddy Harwood and Lt. Coy Phillips on the new security measures coming to Madison County Schools on July 13. (Schools in Madison County)

Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times, “I want my officers to be as prepared as prepared can be. Hopefully we won’t need it.

The sheriff’s office has placed AR-15r rifles in locked safes at each of the six schools in Madison County in case there is an active shooter incident. According to Harwood, the safes also have spare magazines, ammunition, and breaching tools.

Madison County schools in North Carolina will have AR-15 rifles locked up in safes.

In North Carolina’s Madison County schools, AR-15 firearms will be kept in safes. (AP)

Harwood continued, “We won’t have to wait on the fire department in the event we have someone blocked in a door. “If necessary, we will have the tools to break down that door. I don’t want to waste time by going back outside to the car to get an AR.”

Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High, and Madison Early College High are the schools where the safes will be placed.

Will Hoffman, the superintendent, is also dedicated to improving safety protocols in schools. A designated student resource officer, social workers and counselors in every school, a panic button system installed to every building, and a school district liaison will all be available in Madison County schools for the 2022–2023 academic year.

Fox News Digital Production Assistant Sarah Rumpf. Her Twitter account is @rumpfsarahc.