St. Louis Public Radio News
12:03 pm
Mon May 5, 2003

Legislature Passes Bill Allowing Concealed Guns

Jefferson City, MO – The state Legislature has voted to let
Missourians carry concealed guns.

The House voted overwhelmingly today to send the legislation to Governor Holden, who has threatened to veto it. The Senate passed the legislation Friday.

Today's vote comes about four years after statewide voters narrowly defeated a proposal allowing concealed guns.

Supporters of the measure say times have changed. This year's bill would not go to the ballot.

The legislation would let people age 23 and older apply to their county sheriffs for a permit to carry concealed guns. They would have to undergo training and could not have been convicted of violent or felony crimes.

The bill also would let all Missourians at least at 21 conceal guns in their vehicles, without need for a permit.