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MO Supreme Court Refuses to Block Gun Law Injunction

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The MO Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City (State of Missouri photo)

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Supreme Court Monday morning refused to lift a temporary injunction against Missouri's new concealed guns law.

The decision means last week's order by St. Louis Circuit Judge Steven Ohmer will remain in effect at least a little while longer.

Ohmer blocked the law from taking effect Saturday because of constitutional concerns. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit had cited a provision dating to the state's 1875 constitution that said the right to bear arms "shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons."

The new law allows Missourians age 23 and older to receive permits from their county sheriffs to carry concealed guns. First, they must pass criminal background checks and training courses.

Ohmer set a hearing a week from Thursday on whether to impose a permanent injunction against the law.

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