Missourians’ Right To Carry Concealed Without Permit Takes Effect In Two Weeks

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – In just two weeks, Missouri will become the nation’s eleventh constitutional carry state.
       
After the first of the year, Missourians will be able to carry a concealed handgun without a permit.
       
Felons — and anyone who is banned from firearm possession under federal law still will not be able to carry.

“I’m a business owner, we support gun rights, but I’m also a citizen,” said Cherokee Firearms Owner Nick Newman.

Newman said he has come to see constitutional carry a lot like the process for getting a driver’s license.

“There is an expense to it, you have to find a class, you have to go through the background check — there are some fees and expenses involved,” Newman said.

Newman said he knows gun owners who have had to wait weeks to get their permits from a county sheriff in the past. However, like that driver’s license, he was not an opponent of the test to obtain it.

“There are a lot of people out there who will be able to carry a concealed gun without having to go through a background check or having any instruction or training at all about where it’s allowed, where it’s not allowed, anything to do with gun safety or qualification or basic marksmanship practices,” Newman said.

“Handguns are so misused, and I think that requiring training for those concealed carry permits is important,” said Gov. Jay Nixon, in his last interview with KOLR10 before leaving office. “Now that that’s been taken away and those guns will continue to proliferate for untrained people. That concerns me.”

Nixon said he has signed expansions of concealed-carry rights in the past, but he was disappointed lawmakers overrode him this year to pass constitutional carry.

Even with the new law, Newman said his concealed-carry training courses are still full through the end of January.

It is a trend he hopes will continue — and not because it is a big money-maker for his shop.

“I would like to think that the general public, even without that will go to the internet or seek us out or seek out another qualified instruction place to get that information,” Newman said.

Newman wants law-abiding Missourians to enjoy their new right and treat it as a responsibility.

With constitutional carry, Missourians still will not be able to carry concealed weapons into places like schools, churches, hospitals and businesses with posted firearm bans.
       
Missouri sheriffs will still issue concealed carry permits to people who plan to carry their weapons in certain states.

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