MO House panel hears three bills loosening gun regulations

by CRYSTAL THOMAS  |  published on March 6, 2016

Legislators on Monday presented three bills about firearms to the House Emerging Issues Committee, with the National Rifle Association testifying in favor of all three.

State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, said he sought to make it so that all those who openly carried guns would also be able to conceal-carry in public places, other than those listed in statute, such as schools, courts and houses of worship.

“What this bill does is it addresses what I think is the most important thing: We should not be placing a financial burden, a tax, on someone” who simply wants to exercise his or her Second Amendment rights, Burlison said.

The financial burden would be cost of a concealed-carry permit. The bill would allow Missourians to carry concealed weapons without having a permit with them. The bill caused confusion at the hearing.

“This would allow all those who don’t have any training at all to carry concealed weapons,” state Rep. Jeremy Lafaver, D-Kansas City, said during the hearing.

  • John Patriot

    Gun Free Zones should be a place to go to get Free Guns.

  • ChiefD

    A CCW permit is not something to be taken lightly. Without proper training, people should not be allowed to carry concealed. As a retired police officer, both in CA and MO, I still have to qualify at least yearly to keep my CCW under HR 218 (a bill passed after 9/11/01 that allows current and retired LEOs to carry in any (all 50) states.) I recently qualified (last month), and some of the CCW applicants scared me the way they handle firearms. It is any easy qualification, but, yet a young gal next to me couldn’t hit the target with a 38 at 5 yards. Training must include not only safely handling a firearm, but, ability to shoot it without endangering innocent bystanders. I am also a life member of the NRA, and support the 2nd amendment. Just, make sure those who do carry a firearm know how and when to use it.

  • TeaTephi

    Any confusion regarding this bill is only in the minds of the progressive left. These are the same confused biddies who fail to read our Bill of Rights or even the Missouri Constitution.

    The rights of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves shall not be questioned. Missouri; 1820.

    Why should a law be written for a right you already have?

  • Webb

    Keep up the fight…
    Protect The 2nd Amendment at all Cost ☆☆☆

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