Governor Nixon Vetoes Bill that Would Arm Teachers

Published 07/15 2014 08:53AM

Updated 07/15 2014 08:55AM

KARK, Little Rock
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill Monday that would have armed teachers in schools.

"I'm just sad the governor vetoed it," said Rob Schaaf, a Republican senator from St. Joseph.

Senate Bill 656 would have allowed designated school teachers or administrators to carry concealed weapons after undergoing training.

"Arming teachers will not make our schools safer," Gov. Nixon said. "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."

"I was happy with the way it was worded," said Sen. Schaaf. "I thought there was adequate protection. Look at what happened around the country when gunmen go into schools. If they happened to be armed right there, then they could have put a stop to it immediately."

School districts around the state are looking for various methods to protect their children.

(KQTV, St. Joseph)

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