Editor’s Note: Talk about not taking no for an answer. Lawmakers are adamant to make it legal for teachers to carry a firearm in class, even after Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill. If they are successful, Missouri will be the tenth state to allow teachers to conceal carry on school grounds.
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.”