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Missouri to loosen requirements for concealed carry, which led to a debate

 

On new year’s day, Missouri will several other states that have eliminated the requirement for a concealed carry license.

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Senate Bill 656 in effect, allowing people to carry concealed weapons in public without a permit. There are exceptions, such as criminals and domestic violence offenders.

In Missouri, getting a concealed carry license requires people to take a firearms training class and go to the sheriff’s department, where they run a background check and then issue the license. Those requirements go away in just a few days.

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“I lost a tool. A very important tool to prevent the next act of violence,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said.

Baker says that when the bill goes into effect, it will be forced up the costs more than 100 gun cases. At this moment the suspects are accused of carrying around a firearm without a licence, but in a few days, it is okay.

“That’s were the opportunities for us to reach out to a violent act has taken place. Now the Missouri Legislature says that I have to wait,” Baker said.

Kevin Jamieson, who is an outspoken advocate of the bill, says the bad guys will get guns, regardless of what the law says. He says that makes it easier for people to carry concealed weapons actually allows people to better defend, and save lives, instead of increasing crime.

“There is no way you can point to something in this bill and show me it’s going to be the bad guy to have guns or carry guns,” Jamieson said. “This is a benefit for people who suddenly pick up a stalker or some dangerous situation, they have something for personal protection until they have the class.”

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