House OKs expansion of concealed gun rules - KMOV.com

House OKs expansion of concealed gun rules

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By Bryce Moore By Bryce Moore

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Legislative staff members with a permit to carry a concealed weapon could bring them into the state Capitol under legislation given first-round approval Tuesday by the House.

The measure was included in broader gun legislation that loosens Missouri's restrictions on carry concealed weapons and expands the right of potential crime victims to use deadly force against their attackers. The legislation was approved 125-19 and needs another vote before moving to the Seante.

Lawmakers and local government officials who have a conceal-carry permit can already bring a concealed weapon to their meetings. Rep. Jeanie Riddle, R-Mokane, said allowing staff with permits to bring concealed guns into the Capitol is "merely an extension of what the rights are for General Assembly members."

Missouri began issuing conceal-carry permits in 2004. Currently, applicants for a permit must be at least 23 years old, live in the state, have no felony convictions and pass a firearms training course and background check. The permit must be renewed after three years.

Under the bill endorsed Tuesday, the minimum age would be lowered to 21. About two-thirds of states offer concealed weapon permits to people who are at least 21 years old. Other states allow them to be issued at age 18.

The legislation would make ineligible for a concealed weapon permit anyone who has been convicted of a misdemeanors for domestic violence. Currently, violent misdemeanors disqualify an applicant for five years.

The broader gun legislation also expands Missouri's "castle doctrine" law to cover apartments and rental properties. The "castle doctrine" law says there is no duty to retreat from a home or vehicle if an intruder enters illegally.

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Concealed guns is HB1787

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Legislature: http://www.moga.mo.gov

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