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Bipartisan Push to Arm Teachers

By: Michael Greeley
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012

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:

Mike Kelley

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.


Bob m - 12/21/2012 5:58:01 PM
Its about time we stop being whimps and take back our country
No No - 12/22/2012 5:44:09 AM
Total Lunacy. A volunteer armed force, I don't think so.
The Eric Farris Show - 12/23/2012 12:14:54 AM
The Eric Farris Show on Branson's KRZK 106.3 will have Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) one of the bill co-sponsors as a guest this Sunday, December 23rd after Rams Football at 4:00 p.m. CST. Do you agree or disagree with allowing teachers to conceal carry a firearm? Please give us your opinion on the air by calling the Straight Talk Studio Line at 417-330-1063.
Interesting article - 12/23/2012 4:23:12 AM
There is an article on the internet that NRA employees in headquarters are allowed to carry weapons. BUT....if you are a visitor at NRA headquarters, you can not enter the building carrying a weapon. Double talk maybe? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/12/21/1172739/-I-Called-the-NRA-Today-Oh-Boy#comments
Julie - 12/23/2012 8:38:36 PM
Being able to pass a conceal to carry class does not make a teacher|person able to make quick decision in a serious situation. Police officers are trained to react in a variety of situations. Teachers need to teach and Police Officers need to enforce the law. I do not feel comfortable with my children in a school that allows teachers to have guns. The good news is I can choose home school or more to a district that I feel comfortable with.
GREATEST IDEA I'VE EVER HEARD - 12/25/2012 12:24:09 PM
TITLE SAYS IT ALL... Also to Julie, the average response time nationwide for law enforcement is 5-7 minutes!!! the average response time of a 230 grain .45 acp round is 900 feet per second.