State, federal laws differ for concealed weapons on school property

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on January 18, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 18 at 7:11 PM

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Hazelwood East High School custodian was arrested Thursday for allegedly having guns in his vehicle on school property, but gun experts say differing state and federal laws may add confusion to the case.

Firearms instructor Dennis Convy says federal laws ban guns in schools zones, but the Missouri Concealed Weapons Law specifically allows permit holders to have guns in their vehicles on school property.

"Some of it can be confusing because you have multiple laws in the state of Missouri, and you have federal laws," Convy said.

Regardless, Convy says he advises gun owners to avoid the situation altogether.

"Well, generally speaking, you don't want to carry a handgun onto school property, okay," Convy said. "That's anything they own, including a football stadium that's four miles away from the school. Just don't carry to these school events. If the school owns the property, you can't carry there."

The custodian has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.

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