Missouri senators buck governor, OK bill allowing guns for teachers, expanding open carry

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JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri — Missouri senators have voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill creating a training program for teachers to carry guns in schools and expanding where residents can openly carry firearms.

Wednesday's vote marks a tentative victory for the Republican-led Legislature. The measure now moves to the House, where a two-thirds majority vote is needed to finalize the veto override.

Lawmakers failed last year to override the Democratic governor's veto of a bill that sought to nullify some federal gun control laws.

This year's bill would create a special training program for schools wanting to arm employees.

It would also lower the age for obtaining concealed-carry permits to 19 from 21, and let residents with permits openly carry firearms, even in cities that ban it.


Gun bill is SB656.

Online:

Senate: http://www.senate.mo.gov

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