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Gun Rights Supporter Sues St. Louis County

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – A Missouri gun rights advocate has filed a lawsuit in favor of the state's new conceal and carry law.

Dale Schmid heads the Missouri Second Amendment Coalition. He sued St. Louis County in small claims court Monday after he was denied a permit.

Schmid says the basis of his suit is simple.

"What I want them to do is I want them to issue applications and process those applications as per the law."

Schmid says his suit is the first in support of the law.

St. Louis County officials have said they will not issue permits until questions about the law are clarified.

St. Louis County Counselor Patricia Redington says she is confident the county can defend against any lawsuit filed against it.

In February the Missouri Supreme Court upheld the legislature's right to legalize concealed weapons. But they also found fault with the law's funding mechanism.

Last week conceal and carry opponents filed suit in Moniteau County. They claim a permit issued there violates the state's ban on unfunded mandates.

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