Missouri bill to let concealed weapons into schools raises eyebrows

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Monday, June 2, 2014

A bill that would allow specially trained teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom is coming under fire from some Missouri teachers.

Lawmakers in Jefferson City said the legislation would protect students from intruders and reduce the risk of a deadly mass shooting such as the one in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“The reason for it is to give schools another tool in their toolbox to provide security for their schools,” state Rep. Kevin Elmer, a Nixa Republican, told KWMU-FM. “It is up to the discretion of the local school boards whether or not they will take advantage of this particular tool.”

Leaders of the Missouri National Education Association and the Missouri PTA are speaking out against the measure. The bill awaits the signature of Gov. Jay Nixon, who has not indicated how he will respond.

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