Lawmakers send bill that could arm teachers to Gov. Phil Bryant

Lawmakers are leaving open the possibility that Mississippi teachers could bear arms in their classrooms.

The House and Senate passed Senate Bill 2659 Wednesday. The bill originally was designed only to grant money for schools to hire school resource officers. But some language from House Bill 958, which would allow teachers to be armed with the approval of state agencies, was added back to the bill in negotiations between the House and Senate.

The bill goes next to Gov. Phil Bryant. It wasn’t immediately known whether the governor supports the measure.