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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.”

The push to arm teachers has been growing ever since Sandy Hook. Back in December of 2012, a gunman broke into an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, and opened fire, killing 20 children and 6 staff members.

Some believe if teachers are armed, they can stop this kind of violence from happening because they could respond to the attack right away instead of waiting for officers arrive. Most school districts already have resource officers who carry guns, but many of them visit several schools a day and are not at every school all the time.

In the past two years, nine states — including Kansas — have passed laws allowing teachers to carry guns in schools. Each state has its own restrictions, and not every school district in these states allow teachers to carry a gun. Many of other states have introduced similar legislation.

As for Missouri, lawmakers plan to meet in September, and right now, it appears they have enough votes to override Gov. Nixon’s veto. If that happens, Missouri would become the tenth state to allow educators to carry a concealed weapon in school buildings.