Concealed carry law faces roadblock with time winding down
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Concealed carry law faces roadblock with time winding down

Date: May 11, 2009
By: Nathan Higgins
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HCS HB 668

Intro: With only four days left in legislative session, a Senate committee canceled a vote on a measure that would allow college students to carry loaded firearms.

Nathan Higgins has more from the State Capitol.

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With time winding down, Bill Sponsor Republican Representative Kenny Jones said the delayed vote gives the concealed carry law a very small chance of passing.

If passed, the bill would allow college students to carry concealed weapons as well as lift limitations publicly, Jones said.

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Description: Not only could you defend yourself if you're attacked in your car, but you could also go from the car to the house and still be protected by that Castle Doctrine.

No one testified against the bill during the Senate Judiciary committee hearing.

However, Senator Bill Stouffer said in late April that he doubted the Senate would allow the bill to pass.

In Jefferson City, I'm Nathan Higgins, News Radio 11-20 KMOX.


Intro: Although no opposition testified during the Senate committee hearing, the bill sponsor of the concealed carry law said he's not sure the measure will pass due to a delayed vote and little legislative time remaining.

Nathan Higgins has more from the State Capitol.

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With the chairman of the Judiciary committee absent, the committee canceled a vote on a measure that would allow college students to carry concealed firearms on campus.

Bill Sponsor Republican Representative Kenny Jones said he doesn't think the Senate will have time to sign it, but said the bill brings up important issues.

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Description: "We don't have enough policemen in this state or in this country to defend us all at all times and sometimes you just have to take things on yourself to defend yourself."

Jones said the bill is a defense bill, not an aggression bill.

No one testified against the bill, but Republican Senator Bill Stouffer said last month that he doubts the Senate would pass the measure.

In Jefferson City, I'm Nathan Higgins, News Radio 11-20 KMOX.
  


Intro: Although the Senate Judiciary committee canceled a vote, supporters still voiced their opinion on the concealed carry measure.

Nathan Higgins has more from the State Capitol.

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No one testified against the bill, but Missouri S and T doctorate student Isaiah Kellogg said the concealed carry law is a preventive measure.

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Description: "There are some international students who have been attacked late at night at the university and this would allow them to protect themselves. It's not just worrying about something happening on campus but it's going to and from campus, too."

Bill sponsor Republican Kenny Jones agreed, but said the bill has a very small chance of passing now due to the delayed vote.

Republican Senator Bill Stouffer (Stow-fer) said in late April that he doubted the Senate would pass the bill.

Utah is the only state to pass a concealed carry measure for college campuses and Kellogg said the law works great for the state.

In Jefferson City, I'm Nathan Higgins, News Radio 11-20 KMOX.