Lawmakers override governor's veto of controversial gun bill
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Lawmakers override governor's veto of controversial gun bill

Date: September 11, 2014
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau

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Teachers and administrators will now be able to carry guns on campus after Missouri lawmakers overrode a controversial gun bill
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Wrap: The bill also prohibits cities from banning the open carry of firearms.

Opponents of the bill like St. Louis County Democratic Representative Stacey Newman argued the bill is not in the best interest of communities.

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Description: But let's be really clear. This isn't about the communities. This bill is about you. It's not about saving lives, it's not about protecting teachers and students. It's all about you.

After the Senate passed the bill on a straight party-line vote Wednesday, the House passed the bill with some Democratic support just before 2 a.m. Thursday morning.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.

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Supporters of a bill expanding gun rights cheered its passage early Thursday morning in the annual Missouri veto session
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Wrap: The bill lowers the conceal-carry age from 21 to 19, allows teachers and administrators to carry guns at school after they receive specialized training, and it prohibits cities from banning the open carrying of firearms.

Harrisonville Republican Representative Rick Brattin said the bill is about 2nd amendment rights. 

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Description: "It's for the people, the populous, to defend themselves not from just an invading army, an infringing government, but also from people who want to do harm to them on their own property. And that's exactly what this bill does. And it protects our children and our schools."

The House passed the bill with Democratic support after zero Senate Democrats voted for it.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony, NewsRadio 1120 KMOX.


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