Missouri Expands Concealed Carry in Schools

Last Updated: September 24, 2014

This article appeared in the September 2014 Rural Policy Matters.

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This month Missouri lawmakers expanded the ability of school employees to bring guns to school. School boards already had the power to authorize employees with concealed weapons permits to carry weapons at school. Under the new law, school districts could designate employees as school protection officers. The district would be required to hold a public hearing beforehand. The law also establishes training programs for school employees with permits.

The same law allows anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry guns openly throughout the state, effectively overriding local bans in cities and towns that prohibit the open carrying of firearms.

Similar laws had been vetoed in the past by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. This year the legislature had the two-third majority necessary to override Nixon’s veto.

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