(KMOV.com) – A new state law in Missouri is now preventing any city in the state from banning open carry.
“We had no choice in the matter,” said Webster Groves Mayor Gerri Welch. “We must comply with state law, and all of us as municipalities are facing this.” Welch says Webster Groves made the change last month, rescinding the city’s law against open carry.
The state law changed in September when Republicans in the House and Senate overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a sweeping gun bill that not only voids local laws against open carry, but also lowers the age for a concealed permit to 19.
Shortly after the override, gun rights supporters tested the law in a peaceful march in St. Louis with their weapons. However, local leaders worry this change will be anything but peaceful in a part of Missouri that they say is a world away from rural counties and not suited for open carry.