Missouri is proof that elections really do matter. Recently, the Missouri legislature passed a couple of firearm-friendly pieces of legislation greatly enhancing or protecting the safety and Second Amendment rights of the citizens of Missouri. Unfortunately, Missouri has a governor that is not a friend of the Second Amendment and short-sightedly vetoed the legislation.
Today, largely along party lines, the power of the people was recognized when the legislature overrode Jay Nixon’s (D) veto of SB 656 with a 23-8 vote. The bill at the center of the matter is crucial to Missourians for several reasons.
First, the law prevents the measure from being watered down or subverted by local municipalities. IN doing so, it specifically prevents local jurisdictions from banning open carry. This is critical to ensuring the law is equally applicable across the state and ensuring citizens do not accidentally run afoul of the law simply by crossing a city or county border.
Next, the legislation lowers the legal age to obtain a carry permit from 21 to 19.
Finally, the law seeks to protect Missouri’s children by allowing specially trained school employees to carry a firearm on school grounds in an effort to protect students from violent crimes. The bill also takes into account and outlines the necessary training guidelines. This assures an appropriate level of training while preventing the opposition from setting the bar to unreasonable levels in an effort to undermine the intent of the law.
Across the nation, elections are just around the corner. If you are not happy with the voting records of the lawmakers in your state, follow Missourian’s lead. Now is the time to expand your rights and protect the Second Amendment at the ballot box.