Missouri HB 575 - "Campus Protection Officers"

Missouri HB 575

Allows institutions of higher education to designate one or more faculty or staff members as campus protection officers

by Rep. Dean Dohrman

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LEAP Forward Postion:  Oppose

LEAP Forward Postion: Oppose

Bill Summary

This bill authorizes colleges and universities to designate faculty or staff members as campus protection officers. Any faculty or staff member seeking designation as a campus protection officer must submit a certificate of completion from a campus protection officer training program approved by the Department of Public Safety. A campus protection officer will be authorized to carry concealed firearms on campus after submitting proof that he or she has a valid concealed carry endorsement or permit (Section 173.2551).

This bill makes changes to the list of locations an individual can carry a concealed firearm within this state and the list of locations an individual with a concealed carry permit can carry a concealed firearm within the state. This bill also prohibits the state, political subdivisions, and public institutions of higher learning from imposing any policies or contractual requirements that would have the effect of prohibiting employees or students from the carrying of concealed firearms into locations where concealed carry is not otherwise prohibited by law. No changes have been made to the penalties for carrying a concealed firearm in locations prohibited under these sections (Section 571.030).