BREAKING: Missouri Governor Jay Nixon VETOES Bill That Would Allow Trained Teachers to Carry
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Democratic Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, has vetoed a bill that would have allowed trained, licensed teachers to carry firearms on school property in order to protect themselves and students from threats.
According to The Rolla Daily News,
Nixon announced the veto with a written statement on the deadline day for him to take action on bills passed earlier this year.
“Arming teachers will not make our schools safer,” he 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.”
The bill would also lower the age for acquiring a carry permit from 21 to 19 and allow open carry throughout the state, even in cities that attempted to ban the practice.
The state legislate could override the veto. The original votes on the bill were on the cusp of having a veto overriding majority.
Jay Nixon has been at odds with his legislature over gun rights throughout most of his term as governor.
If you’re a Missouri resident, you can find the contact information for the Governor’s Office here.