Bill expanding conceal and carry rights clears Missouri Senate
May 11, 2011
JEFFERSON CITY • The age requirement to obtain a conceal and carry firearm permit would change from 23 to 21 under a bill passed Wednesday by the Missouri Senate.
The measure passed 27-6, with all “no” votes coming from Democrats.
The House passed a similar version of the legislation in March and can now either pass the Senate’s bill or ask for a conference committee to iron out the differences.
In addition to lowering the conceal and carry age requirement, the bill would also allow more people to carry a concealed firearm inside the Missouri Capitol building. Currently, only legislators are allowed to carry guns, but the bill would expand that privilege to include legislative staff members and statewide elected officials as well.
The training to obtain a conceal and carry permit would include time at a firing range with both a revolver and a semiautomatic pistol. In order to pass, the applicant must hit targets with both types of handguns.
The Senate version, which was sponsored by state Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, originally would have lowered the conceal and carry age to 18. Democrats, especially those from urban districts, expressed concerns that lowering the minimum age that much would put guns in untrained and unsafe hands, and ultimately, increase gun violence in the state.
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