It’s never been easier to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Missouri.
This week, lawmakers in the Show Me State passed a bill stating that individuals who want to carry a concealed weapon in the state need not have a permit, training, or background check conducted beforehand.
The bill, which passed in both the Republican-controlled state House and Senate at 112-43 and 24-6, respectively, overrides Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s earlier veto of the bill.
Nixon vetoed the legislation this summer, saying that it is dangerous and erodes the authority of local law enforcement.
As Nixon wrote in a letter explaining his veto to lawmakers, the bill would allow “individuals to legally carry a concealed firearm even though they have been or would be denied a permit because their background check revealed criminal offenses or caused the sheriff to believe they posed a danger.”
He likewise added that it would “render meaningless the existing authority of sheriffs to deny concealed carry permits.”
At present, Missouri law dictates that carrying a concealed weapon requires a permit, and that should they seek one, they must complete a gun safety training class and pass a criminal background check, the Kansas City Star reported.
Apparently posing too many barriers on those seeking conceal carry permits, lawmakers nevertheless forged on in getting their bill passed, and on Wednesday reached the two-thirds majority to override Nixon’s veto.
Proponents say that decreased barriers to concealed carry will make the state safer. Opponents, even those who say they are “gun friendly,” state otherwise — and that the requirements previously imposed were hardly burdensome.
“I don’t think it’s a burden to take an eight-hour course to understand the dos and the don’ts, the shoulds and the shouldn’ts, of carrying a loaded firearm,” Sen. Jason Holsman, a Kansas City Democrat. Holsman proceeded to wave his own concealed carry permit while speaking on the Senate floor, according to St. Louis Today.
The bill will take effect in 2017, and Missouri will join eight other states which allow permit-less carry.