Lawmakers may try to overturn veto to allow teachers to carry guns
Missouri residents and lawmakers are speaking out after Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a proposal that would have allowed school teachers to carry firearms in the classroom. But despite Nixon's veto, the battle isn't over.
No matter what type of training teachers or staff would receive, Hannibal School District Business Manager Rich Stilley says this is not something teachers signed up for. He says with local law enforcement close by and security measures in place at schools, Stilley says teachers should only have to focus on teaching their students.
"To have teachers to think they also have the responsibility of carrying a weapon in a building is a situation that's not right for us," Stilley said.
But some people feel it's right for their school district. Kenny Hunziker has grandchildren who go to schools throughout Missouri he'd feel better if teachers or staff were trained to carry concealed firearms. But he admits he hasn't always had this thinking.
"I think more so after some of these school shootings," Hunziker said. "You know you think about that and with stuff I've read even with these theater shootings and most of the time you see gun violence when they know that no one else has a gun."
State Representative Lindell Shumake originally voted in favor of the bill and says he and other legislators will decide whether they will attempt to override Governor Nixon's veto in about a month. Shumake says national tragedies have pushed this bill to where it is today.
"When you look at something happening somewhere else and we also look at well that can happen here too and we don't want to see our schools vulnerable," Shumake said. "We want to see them protected."
This same bill also lowered the minimum age required to get a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19 and allows permit holders to carry guns openly.
Republicans will have the chance to override Governor Nixon's veto in September.