Dem. Missouri Gov. Vetoes Bill Allowing Armed Officers at Schools

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) vetoed a bill yesterday that would allow certain school officials to designated as armed "protection officers."

The bill would have allowed teachers and administrators to obtain a concealed carry permit and undertake special weapons  training before being armed in a school.

Nixon, a Democrat, said in a statement that he supported placing law enforcement officers in schools but could not "condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids."

The bill passed the Republican-controlled House by a vote of 111-28 and the Republican-led Senate with a 21-7 vote, enough for the two-thirds needed for a veto override.

"This governor continues to prove he is disengaged with the Legislature, is unwilling to offer any fresh ideas, and vetoes good public policy," Republican state Senator Tom Dempsey said in a statement.

Republican lawmakers said they will decide abut overriding the Governor's veto when they return to work in September.