Gun owners mixed on new law
COLUMBIA - Gun enthusiasts at the Columbia Gun Show earlier today had different opinions on a new gun law going into effect in Missouri that would allow anyone to openly carry a firearm regardless of individual city and town laws prohibiting it.
Andrew Litton strongly opposes the law and thinks it's irresponsible of a gun owner to open carry at all.
"If somebody walks into, say, a convenience station and they're going to rob the convenience station, you're not automatically their first target," he said. "But if they walk into a store and you have your gun open carry for the public to see, you're making yourself a target."
Eric Johnston supported the legislature's decision. He said the fact that more people can open carry now would put peoples' minds at ease.
"The only difference with carrying out is you happen to know that that individual is carrying a gun.I look at it as more of a deterrent to crime than anything that would increase crime in that area."
Last Thursday, Missouri lawmakers overrode Gov. Nixon's veto of a law that would allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to openly carry their firearm anywhere in the state.
In the past, cities and towns reserved the right to make their own laws regarding open carry. While some cities allowed those with a concealed weapons license to openly show their gun, other cities were quick to ban it.
Under the new law, no town or city is allowed to regulate the use of open carry. It's legal throughout the state.
The law also lowers the age for a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19 and it also lets school districts decide if teachers can keep weapons in schools.