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Proposed Missouri bill to allow faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus

Members of the House Higher Education Committee learned designated faculty would train with the Department of Public Safety. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

College officials in Missouri might be able to designate full-time faculty as "campus protection officers," allowing them to carry concealed weapons.

That, if a measure being considered by state lawmakers moves forward.

Recently, Republican Representative Dean Dohrman of La Monte introduced the bill.

Members of the House Higher Education Committee learned designated faculty would train with the Department of Public Safety.

They would also be required to carry the proper permits.

Supporters of the bill say it would help improve response time to violent emergencies on campus.

But, local State Representative Nate Walker of Kirksville, who serves on the House Higher Education Committee, says there's some hesitation on the measure.

"There is concern that more guns on campus may not be the best. But, this bill I think has a lot of good safeguards in it and so it would be up to the Board of Governors or the Board of Regents or Curators to decide what they want."

The bill moved out of the House Higher Education Committee by a vote of 8-2.

Now, the measure will be put on the House calendar for a full discussion in the future.

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