Missouri stands by Constitution, becomes 11th state to allow citizens to carry a firearm without a permit
The governor of Missouri tried to block citizens from their constitutional right to bear arms but thankfully, the state legislature protected that right, overriding his veto to deny permit-less carry. Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill that would allow any legal gun owner over 21 to carry their firearm on their person. State House and Senate members overwhelmingly supported what gun-rights activists call “constitutional carry” with a vote of 112-41 and 24-6 respectively. Now, Missouri is the 11th state to adopt such a law.
The Washington Free Beacon reports:
From the nation’s founding through 2002 Vermont was the only state that didn’t require a state-issued permit to carry a firearm. Alaska became the second state to adopt the policy in 2003. Over the last six years another nine states have followed suit, making it the hottest trend in state-level gun policy.
As noted in the report, Gov. Nixon stated in June, just after his veto:
“As governor, I have signed bills to expand the rights of law-abiding Missourians to carry concealed and am always willing to consider ways to further improve our … process. But I cannot support the extreme step of throwing out that process entirely, eliminating sensible protections like background checks and training requirements, and taking away the ability of sheriffs to protect their communities.”
Nixon’s “concerns” were outweighed by the Constitution, which has granted that right since 1791. It takes a group like the NRA to remind these bureaucrats that the law of the land is supreme:
“This is a great day for freedom in Missouri,” Chris Cox, head of the NRA’s lobbying arm, said. “The legislature stood strong for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by overriding Gov. Nixon’s misguided veto. Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg and out-of-state gun control groups to defeat the override vote, their agenda was rejected.”
This is how it’s done, people.