protected status Mo. House votes to add gun owners to state's protected groups By Marshall Griffin • Mar 8, 2012 (via Flickr/kcds) Legislation that would add gun owners to the state’s list of protected minority groups has passed the Missouri House. Under the bill, gun owners who carry their firearms with them in a lawful manner (i.e. possess a concealed-carry permit) cannot be fired, denied benefits, or otherwise discriminated against. It was sponsored by State Rep. Wanda Brown (R, Cole Camp).