Missouri Now Allows Concealed Carry Without Permit
The Missouri legislature overrides bills vetoed by Gov. Nixon to pass bills that would have placed limits on concealed carry.
The Missouri legislature overrides bills vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon to pass bills that would have placed limits on concealed carry. With that action on Wednesday, Missouri now allows residents to carry a concealed weapon without a permit.
Starting January 1, gun owners will be able to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The remaining provisions in the bill, including the expansion of “stand your ground,” which will allow residents to use deadly force on public property if they perceive a threat, will take effect in 30 days. One veto mandated that voters show a photo ID at polls. The other eliminated required permits to conceal and carry a weapon.
The vote was observed by the group Moms Demand Action, a branch of the New York-based organization Everytown for Gun Safety. The women rallied prior to the vote to uphold the vetoes, but that effort failed. The Senate voted 24-6 to override the veto; the House voted 112-41 in favor of overriding Senate Bill 656.
Governor Nixon vetoed the bill, saying that it allowed people to legally carry a concealed firearm despite the fact that a background check would have revealed criminal offenses. Supporters of the bill argued that criminals will carry weapons no matter what. Before passage of the bill, Missouri law allowed gun owners to carry a concealed weapon in public once they passed a criminal background check and completed a gun safety class and received a permit.