Mo. lawmakers push to arm teachers with guns

by Matt Stewart, FOX4KC.com  |  published on July 16, 2014

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Teachers in Missouri will not be allowed to carry guns in schools — at least for now. But lawmakers are pushing to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto.

The law passed with overwhelming support from lawmakers, and it would’ve allowed school districts to designate a teacher as a school protection officer — to get special training to carry a concealed weapon.

But Gov. Nixon did not like the idea of teachers carrying guns in schools.

In explaining his veto, he said, “Arming teachers will not make our schools safer. I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.”

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