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A Huge Crime Bill passed the Missouri House and It Contains Several Concealed Weapons Provisions

April 19, 2001
By: Renny MacKay
State Capital Bureau

Proponents of concealed weapons in Missouri won a small victory in the statehouse, but that victory might not last.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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When a crime bill came before the House of Representatives it provided the oppotunity for legislators to tack on concealed weapons amendments... and that's what they did.

Representative Wayne Crump's amendment to allow people over the age of 21 to carry licenced weapons in their cars is one that was added to the bill. People are allowed to carry guns right now, but they must be kept in plain view.

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Contents: Crump says he's done some research and different courts have given different definitions of what in plain view means.

Another amendment allows prosecuting attorneys to carry concealed weapons.

All of the amendments could be removed when the bill hits the Senate.

In Jefferson City, Renny MacKay.


The Missouri House passed a crime bill that had several amendments added to it, some of those amendments would change Missouri's concealed weapons laws.

Renny MacKay has more from Jefferson City.

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Right now Missourians can carry a licensed gun in their car, but it must be kept in plain view. An amendment added to the crime bill would allow people over the age of 21 to drive with a loaded gun in their glove compartment.

The sponsor of the amendment is Representative Wayne Crump, who worked as a deputy sheriff, he says this isn't a threat to law enforcement officers.

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Contents: Crump says sheriffs are trained to suspect everyone they pull over of having a gun.

The bill now heads to the Republican controlled senate and they could strip the amendment off the bill, but Crump says he expects the senate to support it.

In Jefferson City, Renny MacKay.


The tradition of firing off a gun on New Year's Eve or the fourth of July would be made illegal by an amendment added to a crime bill in the Missouri House.

Renny MacKay has more...

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Kansas City Representative Yvonne Wilson sponsored the amendment that was added to a huge crime bill.

She says that a lot of people in her district told her of their concerns about the gun firing tradition and that's why she sponsored this amendment.

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Contents: She says several people in her district have died and that causes a lot of fear.

Wilson ended up voting against the crime bill her amendment is attached to. She says she did this because the bill loosens Missouri's concealed weapons laws.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.


Gun shots won't be a part of New Year's Eve or Fourth of July celebrations if an amendment to a Missouri bill makes it through the general assembly.

Renny MacKay has more from the state capitol.

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A major crime bill in the Missouri House was amended several times, allowing people to conceal weapons in their cars, giving prosecuting attorneys the right to carry concealed weapons and making it illegal to fire a gun in the air as part of a celebration.

Representative Yvonne Wilson sponsored that amendment after discussing the issue with people in her district.

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Contents: Wilson says they talk about the danger of the tradition and how they all know when something goes up, it must come down.

Wilson voted against the crime bill because she says she's against concealed weapons.

From the state capitol, I'm Renny MacKay.