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Missouri Supreme court rules that carrying concealed weapons is constitutional

February 26, 2004
By: Monica Walter
State Capital Bureau

Missouri residents 21 years and older, can now legally carry guns in their cars. Monica Walter has the story from the State Capitol.

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The Missouri Supreme Court overturned a Saint Louis Circuit Court Decision Thursday, ruling that carrying concealed weapons does not violate the state's Constitution.

Since no permit is needed to have a gun in your car, this means that residents 21 and older can immediately begin carrying guns in their vehicles.

Attorney General Jay Nixon says there are still funding issues with the law and legislators will work them out.

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Contents: It's important to note that this law is on the books.

Nixon expects lawmakers to propose legislation to deal with the funding issues quickly. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.

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Date:02-26-04

By: Monica Walter

State Capital Bureau

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that carrying concealed weapons doesn't violate the state Constitution, but you probably won't be able to get a permit just yet. Monica Walter reports from the state Capitol.

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After Thursday's Supreme Court decision, It's now legal for Missouri residents to carry concealed weapons.

But the court did note that part of the Constitution, known as the Hancock Amendment, requires the state to fund any new mandated programs for local governments.

As a result, four counties--Camden, Cape Girardeau, Jackson, and Greene, will not have the option of offering permits. These counties claim that they simply don't have enough money.

Attorney General Jay Nixon is urging sheriffs departments to hold off on issuing conceal and carry permits until new funding legislation is passed.

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Contents: Jumping into this process prior to new legislation will get us right back to where we are today.

Republican Representative Larry Crawford filed a bill Wednesday in an attempt to clarify the law. From the state Capitol, I'm Monica Walter.