Nevada Congressional District 4 candidate Bill Townsend releases policy paper on School Safety

Calls for increased security of physical facilities, including biometric access, student IDs, and implementation of "STAR" program.
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LAS VEGAS - April 4, 2018 - PRLog -- Nevada Congressional District 4 candidate Bill Townsend, has officially released his policy paper on school safety.

"Over 50 million students are entrusted to our schools every day. In light of the increased risks to our children, primarily from ostracized or bullied students, it is time we give students the same level of security enjoyed by judges, courthouses, airline crews, and Members of Congress," said Townsend. "Included in my plan on school safety is an initiative we call "School Training And Readiness" program or "STAR". STAR will fund the expansion of the FBI's background check system (NICS), safety education, and facility security programs for schools across America. It will add a $10 fee per background check payable by every application through NICS. Fifteen percent of the fees will support the FBI operating budget for NICS; 25% for funding safety, anti-bullying, and at-risk youth identification programs; and, 60% for nationwide facilities safety program for schools."

Over 25,000,000 background checks were conducted in 2017. A low $10 fee could generate $37.8 million for NICS, $63 million for education, and $151 million for metal detectors, biometric access, and security guards in schools.

"After discussing the structure of this program with dozens of firearms owners, including over 60 NRA members, as well as teachers and education administrators, the vast majority, 98%, support such a program with clearly defined goals and annual measurement of effectiveness," said Townsend. "while STAR will not completely fund the physical access requirements to make our schools safer, it provides a great starting point that is widely supported by law abiding gun owners."

The policy is available for download at

The Townsend Campaign's website is available at and features *"12 Big Ideas for Nevada"* with policies behind each one.

Bill Townsend is a long-time entrepreneur and was part of the senior management team and/or cofounder of, (the intellectual property behind LinkedIn), (now Google and ebay). He is President and CEO of RevolutionSports, Inc., a television production company, and President and CEO of TRICCAR Holdings, Inc., a pharmaceutical and nutraceutical research and development firm. He founded Amati Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2000, which provides stringed instruments for up and coming performers who can't afford the necessary "tools of the trade".

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