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Wednesday, 14 February 2018 15:17

Bill Would Allow University Faculty to Carry Guns

(TNS) - Missouri lawmakers are looking at a bill that would authorize college faculty members to carry a gun on campus.

Republican Rep. Dean Dohrman introduced a bill Wednesday to the House Higher Education Committee that would designate full-time faculty as “Campus Protection Officers,” whom can carry concealed weapons.

Those in support believe it will improve college campus safety whereas those who oppose the bill argue it will not.

“I understand that a lot of people feel unsafe in public settings,” said Missouri Democratic Rep. Greg Razer. “My bigger question is ‘What does it mean as a society that we are at a point where we are having to hear a bill in the general assembly that would allow universities to have a designated shooter in their classrooms?’”

Supporters of the bill argue that a designated shooter could help stop a possible shooting.