Citizens of Missouri have had the right to bear arms ever since the state’s first constitution was created in 1820.
On Jan. 1, the Show Me State will add another notch in its gun belt when Senate Bill 656 fully becomes law and Missouri becomes the 11th state to allow citizens to carry a concealed firearm for self-defense without a government-issued permit.
The procedure is widely known as “constitutional carry.” While the new law will allow carrying a concealed weapon (CCW) without a permit by people age 21 and over, there will still be restrictions regarding where guns are appropriate or allowed and where they’re not.
Texas County Sheriff James Sigman likes the move, but expects it will mean fewer people will go through the CCW training process that’s necessary to obtain a permit.
“I like that any law abiding citizen who can lawfully carry a gun can do so without a permit,” Sigman said. “However, the downside of this would be the training that was offered to individuals who were not familiar with firearms. Fortunately, in our particular area most people grew up with a gun in hand and know how to safely handle a firearm.