It’s a great day for all Missourians after Missouri joined 10 other states with “constitutional carry,” which allows people to conceal carry anywhere they can open carry a weapon. Effective January 1, the legislation also created a “stand your ground” right, meaning people no longer have a duty to retreat from danger any place they are legally entitled to be.

“This is a great day for freedom in Missouri. The legislature stood strong for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by overriding Gov. Nixon’s misguided veto,” said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action.

In a nutshell, Senate Bill 656 allows anyone who is legally allowed to possess a firearm to be able to conceal carry that firearm. You can view the NRA press release here.

The bill also:

  • Expands Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground protections
  • Adds additional permit options to include extended and lifetime permits
  • Specifies that, with the exception of credit card fees, no additional fee beyond $100 may be charged to process concealed carry permits
  • Allows members of the military extra time to renew their permits

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