Please read this article and if you live in Missouri
please call Governor Jay Nixon and ask him to
sign Senate Bill 656.
Missouri: Anti-Gun Media
its Attack on Senate Bill 656
Posted on May 23, 2014
As reported Wednesday, the anti-gun media in Missouri continues
taking swings at Senate Bill 656, which was passed overwhelmingly
by both the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives. Media
outlets are attempting to make SB 656 into a bill that arms teachers.
SB 656 contains many Second Amendment-related issues and
advances Second Amendment rights and public safety. What SB 656
does, is allow school districts to make a decision on whether or not
to designate teachers and administrators as a school protection
officer. In order to be designated, school personnel would be required
to take Missouri’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
certification to become a Missouri certified police officer.
Again, these programs would not be mandatory. Each candidate to
be designated as a school protection officer must undergo training,
which exceeds one hundred hours. This bill also specifically states
“Any teacher or administrator of an elementary or school who seeks
to be designated as a school protection officer shall request such
designation in writing, and submit it to the superintendent of the
school district which employs him or her as a teacher or administrator.”
From here, a rigorous approval process would take place, which
requires the school board to conduct a public hearing on whether
or not the specific teacher or administrator should be designated as
a school protection officer.
Allowing school personnel who have undergone POST training will
add more security options for protecting our children – but this is
not a new concept. Last year, Kansas enacted House Bill 2052,
legislation which included language that permits, but does not
require, an employee who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun,
to carry a concealed handgun in any school building.
Currently, the Right to Carry statute in Missouri allows those with
a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm on school grounds with
permission from the school district. This law has been on the
books for 10 years.
As you can see, the anti-gun media is trying to make SB 656 into
a bill arming teachers, when in reality, nothing in SB 656 would
require teachers to carry a firearm. SB 656 will allow school
districts to make an informed decision to allow teachers to
undergo police training if they wish to carry a firearm for self-
defense, or defense of their students.
Don’t let the anti-gun media make Governor Nixon’s decision
on SB 656. Please contact Governor Jay Nixon today and
respectfully ask him to sign SB 656 into law. His contact
information is provided below.
Governor Jay Nixon: