Guns for Teachers Co-Sponsor Hopes Bill is “‘Conversation Starter”

Missouri capitol buildingKANSAS CITY, Mo. —In the wake of last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn., Missouri lawmakers may debate a bill that would let school administrators and teachers with concealed carry permits bring their guns to school for safety.
“What this bill is, is a conversation-starter,” said Missouri State Rep. T.J. Berry of Clay County, a co-sponsor of the bill..
The Missouri Association of School Boards representatives said the organization has “serious concerns” about the idea.
Berry said he expects that the law, if passed, would require additional training for people with guns at school.
“The question is, where is the closest person who can wrestle someone down or stop the violence?” Berry said.
The measure is expected to get significant attention when the new session of the Missouri Legislature starts next week. The Missouri House Speaker and majority leader are also co-sponsors of the bill.
“Whether you want to talk about this from the aspect of school safety, or you want to talk about it from the aspect of gun control, this will be discussed,” Berry said.
He said his plan would call for teachers to get training that is more extensive than that required of people who apply for traditional conceal-carry permits.
“Those that are qualified, I think they should be able to carry,” said concealed weapons training instructor Meagan Kimberlin. “But there needs to be rules and restrictions. And I don’t know that we should allow just anyone with a permit to carry into a school.”
She said there are other aspects that need to be taken into consideration.

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