Missouri now allows most adults to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The effort was led by the state’s legislature, and effective January 1st Missourians will be allowed to “constitutionally carry” their firearms anywhere they can carry a weapon in public.

Missouri joins a growing list of states with laws that allow concealed carry. As of now 10 other states have the same provisions in place. The Republican supermajority in the Missouri legislature passed the measure overriding a veto from Gov. Bob Holden.


Fox News reports:

The legislation also would create a “stand-your-ground” right, meaning people don’t have a duty to retreat from danger any place they are legally entitled to be present. The NRA says 30 states have laws or court precedents stating people have no duty to retreat from a threat anywhere they are lawfully present. But Missouri’s measure makes it the first new “stand-your-ground” state since 2011.

It also expands the “castle doctrine” by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to use deadly force if confronted in homes.

Another component of the law now allows service personnel whose concealed-carry permits expired while they were on active duty to get renewals without penalty for two months after being discharged.

“The basis of this whole bill is that it allows law-abiding citizens to protect themselves and their families,” Republican sponsor Sen. Brian Munzlinger said.

Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, a vocal opponent of the law, countered saying the new measure is more deaths by gunfire. “And we already have too many.”

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