Letter Re: Missouri Constitutional Carry—Not So Fast

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Gentlemen,

The recent override of Governor Nixon is indeed a step in the right direction. However, it is important to remember that Missouri citizens do not enjoy state preemption. This bill only allows permitless concealed carry where permitless open carry is currently allowed. Many localities ban carrying a firearm (concealed or unconcealed) without the state concealed carry license. If you choose to carry a concealed firearm without a valid permit, you will NOT enjoy any of the exemptions that are enjoyed by those who DO carry on a valid CCW permit, including exemptions to federal laws that prohibit firearms in schools and on premises that meet the federal definition of a “school zone”.

I would hate to see a reader (or anyone) blunder into a felony charge based on a misunderstanding of the law. – C.H.

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