The Missouri House of Representatives and the Senate voted Wednesday night to allow all legal gun owners to carry concealed by voting to override governor Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656.
Gun owners in Missouri currently have to go to sheriff’s office, pay a fee, go through some training and education, and get a background check done before earning that concealed carry license.
Under Senate Bill 656 gun owners will be able to skip that process.
The bill also called the Constitutional Carry states anyone who can legally purchase a weapon, can also carry it concealed without a permit.
The Senate voted 24-6 to override the veto on this bill around seven o’clock. The House took it up for a vote shortly after, and in about an hour voted to override it with a vote of 112 to 41.
Groups who oppose the bill gathered in Jefferson City Wednesday afternoon saying they believe this is a dangerous move for the state of Missouri.
“We take away law enforcement’s ability to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, and that is extremely reckless. And that’s why this is a bad policy,” said Becky Morgan, a volunteer chapter leader with Missouri Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Here in Springfield, some agree.
“To take the necessity to teach people safety measures is really taking away the safety of the public,” said Frank Giddens, a college student in Springfield.
One local gun shop owner says it might take a few years to fully understand the impact this bill would have.
“I would say the majority of our customers probably support the bill from what I have heard so far. As far as whether it’s going to be a good thing for the state or not, we’ll see,” said Zach Terhark, owner at Eagle Armory.
Governor Nixon is the most overridden governor in the history of the state of Missouri.