concealed carry

Bill Allowing Guns on College Campuses Draws Opposition to House Hearing

Apr 11, 2017

Child care centers, public universities and churches would no longer be "gun-free zones" for Missourians with concealed carry permits under a proposed House bill.

"Is this for show or is this for real?" Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Kansas City, asked during a Missouri House General Laws committee hearing on Monday.

"I want individuals to be able to choose whether or not they carry a gun to protect themselves and others if the need were to arise," Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, responded.

At the center of the debate was one question: Do more guns make people more or less safe?

State Representative Threatens Lawsuit over Columbia Library's Gun Policy

Feb 16, 2017
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  COLUMBIA — A Columbia attorney for a newly elected state representative is demanding that the Columbia Public Library take down its signs prohibiting firearms inside the building.

State Rep. Cheri Toalson Reisch, R-Hallsville, sent a letter through her attorney Jennifer Bukowsky to the Daniel Boone Regional Library board claiming that the library is in violation of state concealed carry laws.

In the letter, Bukowsky threatened to file a lawsuit, a temporary restraining order and an injunction if the signs are not removed by March 10.

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Advocates for domestic violence victims and the National Rifle Association are working with lawmakers to keep firearms out of the hands of batterers.

The Columbia Missourian reports that the issue is with a new law that allows Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The concern is that law enforcement officers will no longer be able to use the permitting process to ensure guns don't fall into the wrong hands when the law takes effect Jan. 1.

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says he'll veto a sweeping gun rights bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature.

A Missouri sheriff says he's waiving fees for the rest of June for residents seeking concealed carry permits after last weekend's nightclub massacre in Florida.

Bates County Sheriff Chad Anderson announced the move Monday on the department's official Facebook page.

The county has charged residents $100 for their first five-year permit and $50 to renew one. The department also will hold a free concealed carry class for new applicants July 9.

A bill designed to ease limits on the concealed carry of weapons is advancing in the Missouri House.

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Missouri lawmakers are considering several proposals to make it easier to carry a concealed gun.