New Year brings new gun laws in Missouri -

New Year brings new gun laws in Missouri

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Person shooting gun at range (Credit: KMOV) Person shooting gun at range (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

With the new year comes new Missouri laws for gun owners. People can now carry concealed weapons without a permit.

"In other words if you are free of that felony and if you are of a certain age in the state of Missouri then you are allowed to carry a concealed weapon on your person," said St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

That means gun owners don't need to pay fees or take training classes, something previously required by the state.

"When they passed the law we were very concerned, but what has happened since the law passed, is that we have seen no decrease in enrollment what so ever," said Paul Bastean, owner of Ultimate Defense Firing Range.

At Ultimate Defense in St. Peters, classes are filling up faster than ever. The owner says it's because responsible guns owners still want the training.

Bastean said, "They genuinely want the ability to protect themselves, they genuinely want the ability to protect their family and with that they're going and seeking training, saying ‘how can I do this the best way I can do it."

Supporters say it will make Missouri safer, allowing gun owners to protect themselves. But opponents argue the opposite. They're concerned dangerous people will carry guns without proper training. 

"Bad people are bad people whether they have a permit or don’t have a permit it doesn't make a whole lot of difference to them," said Bastean.

But Chief Belmar said it remains to be seen how it will impact police. 

"We're going to accept the statute as is came out from our elected leaders and we're going to do everything we can to make sure our officers and our public stay safe within the guidelines of the new statute."

The laws haven't changed for buying a gun. Background checks will still be required.

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