A majority of readers in the non-scientific Sunday Poll strongly oppose the changes to Missouri’s gun laws when the legislature overrode Gov Nixon’s veto lsat week. It should be noted the readership here doesn’t represent the region/state.
- Come Jan. 1, lawful owners of firearms will be able to conceal and carry them anywhere in Missouri, subject to the limitations that already exist — not in the likes of courthouses, jails, polling places or businesses, such as grocery stores, that post “no guns” at their doors.
- Background checks for buying weapons still apply as required.
- Only holders of Missouri concealed-carry permits can carry concealed weapons outside of the state, and Illinois still requires visitors to have Illinois permits. The other seven states surrounding Missouri honor its permits. There also are some places in Missouri, such as some school districts, that give more rights to permit holders.
- Local governments, such as St. Louis, still can prohibit people from carrying weapons openly unless they have concealed-carry permits. (Post-Dispatch)
The expanded ‘Stand Your Ground’ law begins October 14th.
Below are the poll results:
Q: Support or oppose: Missouri law will soon allow people to carry a concealed gun without a permit or training.
- Strongly support 12 [16.67%]
- Support 4 [5.56%]
- Somewhat support 1 [1.39%]
- Neither oppose or support 1 [1.39%]
- Somewhat oppose 4 [5.56%]
- Oppose 2 [2.78%]
- Strongly oppose 48 [66.67%]
- Unsure/No Answer 0 [0%]
More than 3/4 oppose the change.
— Steve Patterson