JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI) - Gun safety advocates levied harsh criticism against the Missouri legislature Wednesday night after lawmakers moved to strip the gun permit portion from the state's conceal and carry law.
According to the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Missouri now becomes the first new "stand your ground" state since the death of Treyvon Martin. Governor Jay Nixon had vetoed Senate Bill 656 arguing the original conceal and carry law was a successful bi-partisan compromise. House Democratic Minority leader Rep. Jake Hummel a Democrat from St. Louis said the legislature promised citizens a gun training requirement would be an important part of conceal and carry.
Supporters of the measure told fellow lawmakers it was necessary to improve their ability to defend themselves and their families. They said Missouri law allows citizens to openly carry a weapon in public without a special permit, and this would merely allow them to put their jackets on.
The bill also removes the training requirement, but supporters said a free Internet course is available.
Governor Nixon also suffered a defeat when lawmakers overrode his veto of a bill requiring a government issued photo ID in order to cast a vote in the state. These bills become law in 30 days.