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    Missouri Legislature Overrides Veto, Restores Second Amendment Rights

    Missouri Legislature Overrides Veto, Restores Second Amendment Rights

    NYT hyperbolic reaction: “Missouri: The Shoot-me State”

    Missouri lawmakers have overridden a veto to allow concealed carry (Missouri already had open carry) and to grant more legal rights for self-defense.

    KSDK reports:

    Missouri lawmakers have overridden a veto of a wide-ranging guns bill that will let more people carry concealed weapons and give them greater legal rights to defend themselves.

    The Republican-led Legislature enacted the law Wednesday by a 24-6 Senate vote and a 112-41 vote in the House. Both exceeded the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.

    The legislation will allow most people to carry concealed guns without needing a permit. That means they won’t have to go through the training currently required for permit holders. Missouri will join 10 other states with what supporters describe as a “constitutional carry” right.

    The measure also expands legal protections for those who use deadly force to defend themselves in both public and private places.

    Watch the report:

    The bill, SB 656, has generated mixed response from the usual suspects.

    The Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued a statement condemning the Republican state legislature for “caving” to pressure from the “gun lobby.”

    “Missouri lawmakers buckled to the NRA instead of listening to the vast majority of Missouri voters, including mayors and law enforcement leaders, who support our current concealed carry  permit system. And in doing so, they made our state the first new Stand Your Ground state since the death of Trayvon Martin.

    As if opposing lifesaving policies like criminal background checks on all gun sales wasn’t bad enough, the gun lobby continues to push to put more guns in more places, with no questions asked — laws that make the jobs of those who serve and protect us more difficult and more dangerous. Despite the clear message from law enforcement leaders about this bill’s risk to  public safety, the NRA leadership made SB 656 its top national priority.

    The New York Times, not to be outdone in hysterical rhetoric, entitled its editorial about the veto override “Missouri: The Shoot-Me State.”

    The NYT opines:

    In an alarming victory for the gun lobby, Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and enact a wholesale retreat from gun safety in the state.

    The law will let citizens carry concealed weapons in public without a state gun permit, criminal background check or firearms training. It strips local law enforcement of its current authority to deny firearms to those guilty of domestic violence and to other high-risk individuals. And it establishes a dangerous “stand your ground” standard that will allow gun owners to shoot and claim self-defense based on their own sense of feeling threatened.

    The NRA has responded to the veto override with the following statement:

    “This is a great day for freedom in Missouri. The legislature stood strong for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by overriding Gov. Nixon’s misguided veto,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg and out-of-state gun control groups to defeat the override vote, their agenda was rejected.”

    Senate Bill 656 will allow anyone legally allowed to possess a firearm to carry that firearm, while also maintaining the current permit system. In addition, the bill:

    • Expands Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground protection
    • Adds additional permit options to include extended and lifetime permits
    • Specifies that with the exception of credit card fees, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits
    • Allows members of the military extra time to renew their permits


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    TX-rifraph | September 18, 2016 at 5:23 am

    The NYT’s opposition do not make sense logically because their opposition is not based on people’s safety. Their opposition is based on control of the people. They are leftists remember.

    SB656 had a number of positive provisions. It established Stand Your ground. It expands the Castle Doctrine, in self defense cases. It clarified what Sheriffs could charge for a concealed carry permit and how those funds could be used. It provides extended renewal periods for active duty personnel serving outside the state.

    The only provision which was controversial was the one allowing for concealed carry w/o a permit. And, the only reason that was controversial is because Missouri allows local jurisdictions to require a permit to carry a firearm openly, but there is no provision in the law to allow the same thing with concealed carry. In order to alleviate this seeming dichotomy, expect to see this issue visited in the next legislative session. I would expect to see an attempt to change section 21.790, of the Missouri statutes, to include concealed carry, as well as open carry. This would be relatively easy to accomplish by simply removing the word “open” from the term “open carry”, in that statute. The only other way to make the two means of carry equivalent is to amend that statute to eliminate the need for a permit to open carry in jurisdictions where it is prohibited. We’ll have to see what happens in the next legislative session.

    Now, except for complicating the job of LE, this provision will not have much effect on the populous. It has been amply demonstrated that most people, even in jurisdictions where general weapons carry is allowed w/o a permit or license, that the vast majority of people do not carry a firearm regularly. This is especially true in developed areas. So, no blood running in the streets and no significant drop in criminal assaults.

    There is nothing in this world that would ever make me go to New York City.

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