The Missouri Senate General Laws Committee heard testimony this week on a bill that would change Missouri’s carry concealed laws to allow permit holders to carry guns into bars, restaurants, private schools, universities, churches, daycares, and other locations where concealed weapons are currently not allowed. Testimony in support of the legislation focused on the need for this change due to active shooter situations, which proponents argued occur more often in “gun-free zones.” The MCC testified in opposition to the provision allowing concealed carry holders to carry in churches and private schools, arguing that they can already do so with permission of the pastor. The MCC also pointed out that should the law change, churches would have to post signs in a conspicuous place (near sanctuaries, for example) that guns aren’t allowed. This would infringe on the right of churches to govern their sacred spaces. The committee did not act on the bill, but a vote is expected on this legislation in the future.
January 28, 2022 - 3:23pm