Saturday, October 08, 2016

Excellent Overview of Missouri "Constitutional Carry"

During the recent veto session, the Missouri House and Senate voted to override the governor’s veto of Senate Bill 656, making Missouri the 11th state to allow citizens to carry a firearm for self-defense – or what is being called “constitutional carry.” Missouri citizens have had the right to bear arms since our state’s first constitution in 1820.

The law changes a variety of procedures and provisions to existing law. Because of the changes and the varied timing of when certain parts of the law go into effect, my office has been answering calls, emails and letters from constituents with questions about Senate Bill 656. Each time a constituent reaches out to my office, I take their input into consideration. I received 487 calls, emails and letters asking that I vote in support of the veto override and only 27 asking that I vote to sustain the veto.

It is important to remember that Senate Bill 656 improves the ability of law-abiding gun owners to exercise their Second Amendment rights; it does not eliminate or restrict the current Concealed Carry process for obtaining a permit, which has been in place since 2003. Under this bill, Missouri will continue to maintain its Concealed Carry permit system (CCW), which allows permit holders to carry into other Right-to-Carry states.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that if all of the states eventually get second amendment right to carry the need of permits would dissolve. eventually people will begin to recognize the second amendment is a federal guaranteed right that crosses state lines. Because it is a federally guaranteed right there is no authority for any individual state to interfere. If this is not true why do we have the tenth amendment? by application the tenth amendment forces states to enforce the second amendment as written, without any authority to modify it. The US Supreme Court has made its ruling, the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right. there are some 330 million individuals in this country they happen to be divided into the several states. Nothing in the federal constitution allows any state to deny any federal right. therefore state lines do not exist in the exercise of a right. We are first American citizens then we are residents of the state we live in every citizen in every state has the same rights. Any law repugnant to the constitution is no law at all and is void. State gun laws are repugnant to the constitution, therefore all state gun laws are void. change the tenth amendment or void all state infringing gun laws. Since there is no definition in the federal constitution for what Arms are the states have no authority to define them. the states can only and are required to enforce only what is written. adding anything is infringing.