Missouri Expands Gun Rights, No Concealed Carry Permit Needed

Missouri Expands Gun Rights, No Concealed Carry Permit Needed

Missouri Expands Gun Rights, No Concealed Carry Permit Needed

Missouri lawmakers passed a sweeping expansion of gun rights Friday, allowing people to carry concealed guns without needing permits while also expanding their right to stand and fight against perceived threats.

The legislation, which goes to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, was among the most prominent measures passed by the Republican-led Legislature on the final day of its annual session.
 
Under the measure, most people could carry concealed guns, even if they haven’t gone through the training now required to get a permit. The legislation would also expand the state’s “castle doctrine” by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to use deadly force against intruders. And it would create a “stand-your-ground” right, meaning people would have no duty to retreat from danger in any place they are legally entitled to be present.
 
Nixon said he would give the bill a “full and comprehensive review” before deciding whether to sign it. But he added: “This is a significant shift from the framework we’ve used in this area to give people the lawful right to carry.”
 
Republican supporters described it as a reasonable approach to personal safety, while many Democrats decried it.
 
“There won’t be blood in the streets,” said Republican Rep. Joe Don McGaugh, of rural Carrollton. “But what there will be is more people protected by the right to bear an arm legally.”