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Thu Dec 20, 2012, 03:48 PM

As Newtown's impact reverberates, Missouri lawmakers wonder what to do next

For some Missouri state lawmakers, the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school is prompting introspection and a call for action.

For other legislators, not enough time has passed to decide what to do next -- if anything.

At least one Republican has offered up the suggestion of arming school personnel, an idea floated earlier this week by St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch.

But it’s a fair assumption that the Republican-controlled Missouri legislature is unlikely to pass sweeping gun control laws. After all, the General Assembly in recent years approved expansions of the state’s conceal and carry system. They also implemented the so-called “Castle Doctrine” law, which shields from lawsuits people who use lethal force with a gun to defend their property.


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