Missouri gun bill will be a focus at Wednesday's veto session

10 months 1 week 23 hours ago September 13, 2016 Sep 13, 2016 Tuesday, September 13 2016 Tuesday, September 13, 2016 11:51:00 AM CDT in News
By: Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The fate of Senate Bill 656, the Missouri gun bill passed by both houses of the Missouri legislature but vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon, will finally be decided once and for all at the Capitol during the state veto session Wednesday.

This bill would expand gun rights in the state in a number of ways: 

  • Use of deadly force within a private property would be lawful for self-defense in specified situations
  • Lifetime concealed-carry permits could be purchased for $500 (revocation of permit follows same current guidelines)
  • Concealing a firearm in public without a concealed-carry permit would no longer be considered unlawful use of a weapon

In a statement to KOMU 8 News, Becky Morgan of Moms Demand Action said the changes the bill makes could put guns in the wrong people's hands. 

"SB 656 would make it legal for dangerous people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in public," Morgan said. 

Larry Wayland, owner of Modern Arms in Columbia, said any expansion of Second Amendment rights is right for Missouri. 

"Anytime we see an expansion of gun ownership rights, I think it's a good thing. The closer we can get to a strict adherence to the Constitution is a wonderful thing," Wayland said. 

SB 656 passed both houses of the Missouri legislature by an overwhelming majority earlier this year. In February, it passed through the Senate by a 31-0 (one abstaining) vote. In May, it passed through the House by a 114-36 vote. 

In order to override Nixon's veto, the Senate and House both need a two-thirds majority to vote in favor of the bill. If numbers hold from their initial votes earlier in the year, the veto will get overriden. 

Wayland also said allowing for self-defense in the home makes sense for Missourians who may feel threatened. 

"It's just common sense that if you're in your home peacefully and you are attacked, you should not be compelled to have to retreat by statute before you could engage someone with deadly force," Wayland said. 

Moms Demand Action disagrees, and said this bill would actually put Missouri families in more danger. 

"All our families will be less safe if state legislators side with the special interests and override the governor's veto of this dangerous bill," Morgan said. 

Morgan went further and said the legislature should be listening to the people of Missouri rather than gun lobbyists.

"The overwhelming majority of Missourians support our current permit requirement for concealed carry and demand our legislators listen to the will of the people - not the gun lobby," Morgan said. 

By stating the "overwhelming majority of Missourians", she was referring to a poll conducted by Everytown for Gun Safety. This poll asked questions of 861 "likely voters" and found 86 percent of respondents supported the current concealed carry system. 

 

More News

Grid
List
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department canceled the Endangered SILVER Advisory for Thomas B. Carman after he has... More >>
1 hour ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:26:55 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Saturday former Mizzou Football and basketball raised over $40,000 for charity and left it all on the court... More >>
1 hour ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT in News
STURGEON - Extreme heat caused the Boone County Fair to get off to a late start on Saturday. "The... More >>
3 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:24:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Show-Me State Games are in full swing with a showcase of over 30 sports with competitors from all... More >>
3 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:45:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, in a joint effort with the Boone County Fire Department, trained children in... More >>
4 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:09:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man died and two females were critically injured in an apparently accidental carbon monoxide poisoning... More >>
4 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Fifty-eight law enforcement agencies across Missouri are cracking down on speeding from Friday to Sunday. They will stop... More >>
5 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:15:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd protesting outside the city's medium-security jail... More >>
6 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:36:20 PM CDT in News
CHESTERFIELD (AP) — The former administrator of a Chesterfield pediatric clinic is charged with stealing more than $115,000 from the... More >>
6 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:32:35 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Greene County authorities are looking for nine people who are believed to be involved in an alleged... More >>
6 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:25:05 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating three shooting deaths that occurred within four hours Friday. The... More >>
7 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:53:23 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A plant fossil chipped out of a cliff on the grounds of Park University in northwest... More >>
8 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:35:32 AM CDT in News
NEOSHO (AP) — A police officer has fatally shot a man who raised a gun during a traffic stop in... More >>
13 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:26:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suspect is dead after allegedly pointing a gun at St. Louis police officers who were... More >>
13 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:17:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A mural that represents a bright future from a troubled past will be painted this summer on the... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 5:47:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Show Me States Games began officially with a torch run ending at Shelter Insurance in Columbia. ... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 5:37:00 PM CDT in News
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult on Friday, July... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Higher Education awarded 18 Missouri colleges and universities with their Default Prevention Grant for... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:15:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 96°
8pm 93°
9pm 89°
10pm 87°
11pm 82°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Dateline NBC
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld