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This State’s Gun-Rights Bill Might Be Veto-Proof

gunsGun owners in Texas may carry their handguns openly or concealed without a concealed-carry permit.

Several states already have what gun rights advocates call constitutional carry. If you can legally own a firearm, you may carry it without a permit.

The Free Beacon reported that lawmakers in Missouri just passed a bill that would eliminate the concealed-carry permit requirement.

The bill passed in a 114 to 36 vote in the House and a 24-8 vote in the Senate, with Republicans generally supporting the measure and Democrats generally opposing it. The vote came on the last day of Missouri’s legislative session and despite a last minute effort by gun control activists to pressure lawmakers against the move.

The bill would allow any law-abiding adult who can legally posses a firearm to carry a firearm concealed on their person, without having to obtain any additional permit. It would also extend “castle doctrine” protections to house guests and remove requirements that somebody in a public place retreat before using deadly force to protect themselves from an attacker they reasonably believe is threatening their life.

Will the Democratic governor sign the bill? Francis Slay, mayor of St. Louis, called the bill “embarrassing and dangerous. The Missouri Legislature has abandoned this state. It is more concerned about the endorsement of the NRA than the safety of its citizens.”

The bill is veto-proof as long as present supporters vote to override it.

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