Skip to comments.New Laws Give Missouri Gun Owners Something to Smile About
Posted on 08/31/2012 5:48:15 PM PDT by marktwain
This past Tuesday, a huge list of laws longer than your rifle just went into effect. It mostly contains a bunch of snooze-worthy legislation about license plates and highways, but it does include a few tidbits that should be interesting for Missouri gun owners. Even if you dont live in Missouri you should still check it out -- these new laws strip away gun control restrictions.
The biggest victory for gun owners comes from HB 1657, which makes it easier for some people to obtain concealed carry endorsements and gives people with CCW permits more freedom.
The bill allows members of the United States Armed Forces to receive a concealed carry endorsement starting at age 18 rather than age 21. The idea behind it is hey we trust these servicemen and women to operate military-grade weapons, then its certainly reasonable to allow them to carry concealed weapons. After all carrying a hidden pistol cant be any worse than driving a tank.
This extra leeway also applies to spouses of service members stationed in Missouri and individuals who have been honorably discharged and have assumed residency in Missouri.
The other major breakthrough for gun rights advocates is how the new laws change how the state handles concealed carry restrictions. People with a valid concealed carry permit and who legally carry a firearm may briefly and openly display the firearm to the ordinary sight of another person, unless the firearm is intentionally displayed in an angry or threatening manner, not in necessary self-defense.
One thing were really curious about is just how long briefly is. Ten seconds? Five minutes? An hour? We dug through the wall of text explaining the nitty-gritty details of this law, but the official wording in section 571.037 (see for yourself) is equally vague.
These new laws have been in effect for a few days now, but keep in mind that you can get grandfathered over if you took care of all of the paperwork before Aug. 28. Missouri residents can receive a concealed carry endorsement without meeting the new legislations requirement as long as they submit a certificate of firearms safety training course completion that was issued before the 28th. Thats mostly just a courtesy, though. These laws removed restrictions from gun ownership rather than adding more on, so getting grandfathered over doesn't really offer a lot of benefits.
Its nice to have this news to counterbalance the craziness happening over in California. This legislation is the most recent in a long line of gun rights legislation in Missouri, such as this one that prevents discrimination against gun owners or this one that allows concealed carry on city trains and buses. Missouri is really on a roll -- lets hope they keep it up!
The "breifly and openly display" part of the bill seems like a move in the directon of the "defensive display" law in Arizona. The law was enacted so that a person could display their firearm in a defensive situation in order to prevent an attack. This is in line with the research on defensive use of guns, which indicates that merely letting the criminal know that you have a gun, without firing it, defuses the situation approximately 95% of the time.
It would be very foolish for individuals to wait until they are under physical attack before drawing their firearm, yet the law in many states allows for a muddy interpretation of this.
The only new gun laws needed are those that eliminate old gun laws. This looks to be a step in that direction.
Heh! This is pretty darn sweet.
Considering that this is the home state of Rush Limbaugh and the author of, “Unintended Consequences,” John Ross.....a democrat.
Man! The librat hoplophobics are seriously POOPING in their spandex!
Thanks for the post.
Or it may be to cover you if the wind blows your jacket open or someone sees the imprint of you weapon when you reach up (or down or sideways). You can be charged for imprinting. Silly but true.
I could have been, but I was writing about Arizona, which has Constitutional carry, both open and concealed. Printing has almost no legal meaning here.
Yep - in my case, I carry a pocket piece and I take it out of my pocket when Im getting in the car so i have ready access while driving instead of having to try to undo a seatbelt and digging for it. Same on the flip when I get out - easier to put it in my pocket while standing outside the car. A few folks have gotten a glimpse, but S. MS is full of those that cling to their Bibles and Guns, so no harm/no foul is the norm down here.