House Committee Hears "Guns Everywhere" Bill

The House General Laws committee heard HB 258, sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Republic), which would change Missouri gun laws to allow people to carry concealed weapons in existing "gun free" zones, including local government office buildings, child care centers, college and university campuses, amusement parks, churches, public buses and trains, bars, among other areas.  Private property owners could place signage on their property prohibiting guns, but the default position would be that guns would be permitted in these areas where they are currently banned.

The MCC testified in opposition to these proposed changes, arguing that the current statutory scheme makes churches gun free zones but allows pastors the discretion to give permission to gun owners who want to carry in church. HB 258 would require churches wishing to remain gun free to place signs around their sacred spaces indicating that guns are not permitted. Several university law enforcement officers, municipal transit authorities and a host of others testified against the bill as well. The bill is being supported by the National Rifle Association and gun rights advocates.

March 8, 2019 - 3:03pm
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