A new Missouri law passed last year by the Republican-led legislature that went into effect on Jan. 1 allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed weapons without having to obtain either a permit or training.
According to The Kansas City Star, the law specifically “allows owners to avoid a state-approved training course previously required in obtaining a permit to carry,” though it did maintain a ban on concealed firearms in some public venues, such as courtrooms and jails.
Moreover, a private business may still prohibit the carrying of any firearms within its establishment, and anyone caught violating such a ban will face a $500 fine and up to six months behind bars.
The law also reportedly broadened “stand-your-ground” rights for victims confronted by a thug in a place that they are legally entitled to be.
“I don’t think the sky’s going to fall,” said Kevin Jamison, president of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, referencing claims by critics that the law would spur problems. “Previously you could carry a gun (without a permit) in your car; now you can get out of the car.”
Not everyone agreed.
“Now there will be people among us when we’re out with our kids who are carrying concealed firearms without any training at all,” complained Becky Morgan, leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Some of them could be dangerous people.”
Consider though that the type of person who might “be dangerous” would likely not even care about the law in the first place, in that such a villain would probably carry a concealed weapon regardless of the legality of doing so.
Moreover, last year John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center identified four instances from just one week where “concealed handgun permit holders use(d) their guns to stop violent crimes.” In one case, a 68-year-old man with a concealed weapon used his firearm to stop a thug from robbing him and his 9-year-old son.
Yinka Perry, however, was worried nevertheless.
“It`s going to back to the days of the old West where everybody is, you know, carrying strapped,” she told Kansas City station WDAF. “You look at me wrong, I can shoot you … No more conflict resolution.”
Except that, a) that would still be murder, just like it was before Jan. 1, and b) trying to engage in “conflict resolution” with a thug — well, good luck with that.
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