(Washington Times) Missouri’s Republican-led legislature has significantly expanded gun rights in the state, establishing a public “stand your ground” right and allowing gun owners to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
Lawmakers overrode Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the sweeping gun rights law late Wednesday.
The legislation does away with training and permit requirements for concealed carry in Missouri and expands provisions that allow individuals to stand and fight back against perceived threats.
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Gun owners previously were required to take an eight-hour course on gun safety and marksmanship and pass a background check in order to obtain a concealed carry permit. The new provision, which will take effect in January, does away with those requirements.