The state of Missouri is under the national microscope right now. The city of Ferguson is the site of ongoing protests after the killing of unarmed 18-year-old Mike Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. In the midst of all this, Missouri legislators decided to make a controversial move. Now, Missouri residents who have concealed-carry permits for their guns will now be able to carry openly in the state. The state’s General Assembly came to this conclusion overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of a broad gun-rights bill.
The Missouri House overrode the veto by a 117-39 vote with little debate according St. Louis Public Radio. The bill also lowers the minimum age for a concealed-carry permit to 19-years-old, allows school districts to arm teachers and police officers will not be allowed to take guns from authorized citizens unless they are under arrest.
Delegates see this as a measure to fortify gun rights and prevent unnecessary arrests of licensed gun owners. Rep. Rick Brattin, R-Harrisonville, is an advocate that all of Missouris citizens get permits and guns. “We live in a world that’s evil, that wants to harm each and every one.”
Sen. Will Kraus, R Lee’s Summit, the Senate’s sponsor of the bill says that it “will require public hearings before school districts can hire or designate school protection officers, who would be armed. They also would be required to have training.”
This is an interesting move in today’s current climate. Mike Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson even though he was unarmed. Wouldn’t citizens openly carrying their guns kind of give the cops a reason?