If you’re a lawful gun owner in Missouri, you can carry your firearm concealed beginning Jan. 1, 2017 — without a permit! That’s right, folks. Missouri’s new “constitutional carry” law took effect at the turn of the New Year, reinstituting one’s 2A right to keep and bear (carry) arms the way our founders intended.
Now, as long as a Missouri resident can pass a background check to purchase a firearm, they can walk out of the store carrying it in their waistband or handbag.
Former Missouri Representative Eric Burlison sponsored the bill and the effort to override the governor’s veto of the law. He told KY3 that it makes sense to let people conceal if they can already carry openly without a permit under existing Missouri law.
“The same right you have to carry on the outside of your jacket or pocket, we want to extend that right to be able to carry on the inside of your jacket or pocket,” Burlison said.
Not everyone was happy about the new law, but it isn’t clear that these individuals understand the entirety of Missouri’s firearm policies. Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams, for example, told KY3 that the new law will permit more felons to carry firearms.
“The most dangerous aspect of this is there are criminals out there and people who have not been convicted of felonies or those people who failed a background check and sheriff did not give them a concealed carry permit, and I guarantee you every one of those folks will go out and get a gun now and be carrying it around,” Chief Williams said.
Chief Williams doesn’t seem to realize that people who fail a background check cannot own firearms in Missouri in the first place. The law already bans these individuals from owning guns. Banning them from carrying guns they cannot legally own is simply redundant.
There’s also the inconvenient fact that people who carry firearms for nefarious purposes don’t care what the law says anyway.
“There is no possible way you can point to anything in this bill and show me it is going to allow bad guy to have guns or carry guns,” Kevin Jamieson, an outspoken proponent of the law, told Fox News. “This is an advantage to people who suddenly pick up a stalker or some dangerous situation, they can carry something for personal protection until they take the class.”
While it is no longer necessary to obtain a permit to carry concealed, Missourians will still be able to obtain a permit if they desire. The permit will allow them to carry their firearms in states that maintain permit reciprocity with Missouri but do not have constitutional carry.