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Cities trying to ban concealed guns in local government buildings

September 16, 2003
By: Megan Clarke
State Capital Bureau

The organization representing Missouri's cities is drafting an ordinance to help keep concealed guns out of local government buildings. Megan Clarke explains.

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The concealed weapons law prohibits citizens from carrying hidden guns into police stations, but does not cover other city buildings.

The Missouri Municipal League is creating a model ordinance for cities that want to keep guns out of city hall and other municipal buildings. The organization's deputy director is Bill Johnson:

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Contents: THE ISSUE IS GOING TO BE CAN WE PROHIBIT CONCEALED WEAPONS IN CITY HALL, THE LAW SAYS POLICE STATIONS, AND OTHER BUILDINGS WHERE THE CITIES HAVE OPERATIONS.

Johnson says that cities have enough time to pass such an ordinance before the concealed weapons law takes effect on October 11th.

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Links: ®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯ Now that the Missouri State Legislature has passed the concealed weapons law, Missouri cities are now trying to prepare for it. Megan Clarke has the story. ®MDNM¯®MDRV¯®IP0,0¯®LM25¯®LL0,0¯®NB¯®LBACK:¯®MDNM¯®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯RT:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯OC:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯®LM0¯FILL:®MDNM¯ ®LM0¯®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯®BB¯®MDNM¯ ®MDNM¯Misssouri cities are now dealing with the issue of protecting their buildings. The concealed weapons law prohibits hidden guns in police stations, but not other local government buildings like city hall. The Missouri Municipal League, which represents Missouri cities is trying to help. Deputy Director Bill Johnson: ®MDNM¯®MDRV¯®IP0,0¯®LM25¯®LL0,0¯®NB¯®LBACK:¯®MDNM¯®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯RT:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯OC:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯®LM0¯FILL:®MDNM¯ THE ISSUE IS GOING TO BE CAN WE PROHIBIT CONCEALED WEAPONS IN CITY HALL, THE LAW SAYS POLICE STATIONS, AND OTHER BUILDINGS. ®LM0¯®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯®BB¯®MDNM¯ Johnson says the league is creating a flexible model ordinance for cities that want to keep guns out of city hall. The bill's sponsor Republican Representative Larry Crawford says he is not suprised that cities are trying to ban guns in local government buildings. He says the bill intended to give cities the ability to pass such ordinances. ®MDNM¯®MDNM¯®MDRV¯®IP0,0¯®LM25¯®LL0,0¯®NB¯®LBACK:¯®MDNM¯®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯RT:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯OC:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯®LM0¯FILL:®MDNM¯ THAT'S WHY WE LEFT THAT TO THEIR DISCRETION AS TO EACH MUNICIPALITY HOW THEY WANT TO PERCEIVE IT. I CAN ONLY RENDER WHAT HAPPENED IN OTHER STATES. I'M NOT SURE ON THE GOVERNMENTAL BUILDINGS, BUT IN FLORIDA ABOUT 10% OF THE BUSINESSES POSTED SIGNS DISALLOWING. ABOUT A YEAR LATER, MOST OF THE SIGNS WERE DOWN. ®LM0¯®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯®BB¯®MDNM¯ ®MDNM¯Johnson expects cities will have enough time to pass the ordinance before the concealed weapons law takes effect on October 11th.

Links: ®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯ Some Missouri cities are trying to deal with the concealed weapons law that bans guns in police stations, but not city hall. Megan Clarke explains. ®MDNM¯®MDRV¯®IP0,0¯®LM25¯®LL0,0¯®NB¯®LBACK:¯®MDNM¯®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯RT:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯OC:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯®LM0¯FILL:®MDNM¯ ®LM0¯®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯®BB¯®MDNM¯ ®MDNM¯The Missouri Municipal League is drafting an ordinance to help cities keep concealed guns out of local government buildings. The bill's sponsor Republican Representive Larry Crawford says the bill was designed to give cities the capability to write such ordinances. ®MDNM¯®MDRV¯®IP0,0¯®LM25¯®LL0,0¯®NB¯®LBACK:¯®MDNM¯®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯RT:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯OC:®MDNM¯ ®MDRV¯®LM0¯FILL:®MDNM¯ IT GIVES THEM THE ABILITY. THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR ORDINANCES AS THEY SEE FIT. AND THAT DOES NOT SUPRISE ME THAT MANY OF THE MUNICIPALITIES MAY WANT TO EXEMPT THEIR MEMBERS AND THEIR ALTERMAN FROM CARRYING. ®LM0¯®LBTEXT¯®IP7,0¯®LL2,2¯®BB¯ Missouri Municipal League Deputy Director Bill Johnson says cities will have time to pass the ordinance before the concealed weapons law takes effect on October 11th.