Missouri legislation to allow teachers and school administrators to carry concealed guns in schools is now sponsored by more than two dozen lawmakers. The legislation refers to school officials, who have successfully passed a concealed to carry class.
Currently, Missouri law prohibits concealed guns at schools, unless approved by the local school board. Many area school districts, including Branson and Reeds Spring prohibit any concealed weapons. School officials can make changes, but currently there is no push by school districts to allow teachers to be armed.
Missouri Republican Representative Mike Kelley is the sponsor of the legislation. He says the proposed bill is not intended to force teachers or school administrators to carry a firearm:
Kelley says as the bill makes it way through the legislative process, there will be a lot of changes. The bill, if passed, will give school districts comfort in making policy changes to allow concealed weapons on campus and school functions.