SPRINGFIELD, MO (September 15, 2016) - Starting next year, you won’t have to have a permit or training to carry a concealed gun in Missouri. In a special session on Wednesday, Missouri state lawmakers reversed the Governor Nixon’s veto of a law that would eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit for concealed carry.
It's already legal to openly carry a gun without a permit but the move to broaden this to concealed carry came with much controversy, even with pro-gun people like Kirk Bradley.
"Got a 38, got a 9 mm, I got a 22 handgun, got a 9mm, and then I've got a 22," said gun owner Bradley who has his concealed carry permit.
"I went through that course, after that I had to get a background check," said Bradley.
Without it, he worries guns could get into the wrong hands.
"They're gonna have people carrying a firearm that shouldn't be carrying a firearm," said Bradley.
In fact, many pro-gun supporters do not agree with the change in the state's gun law, senate bill 656, that effectively allows a person to carry concealed without a permit or training.
Nick Newman runs a concealed carry training class and a gun store in Springfield, MO.
"It'll probably increase our sales because I think there are some people that want to carry and for some reason didn't wanna get a ccw permit," said Nick Newman.
But he says that doesn't mean he agrees with the gun law changes because he says people need to be trained before they carry a gun.
"It's kinda like driving a car, we all drive a car but we have to get a permit and understand what the rules are first, I kinda feel the same way about a ccw permit, it would be a good idea to have a basic level of instruction or go through a course first," said Newman.
That's why he says they're still suggesting people go through the class at his store.
Some say the concealed guns will get into the wrong hands and there will be more violence. Newman said it's not violence that he's worried about.
"I think people that were violent or had tendency to carry for the wrong reasons are already doing that without a permit anyway, and we're not seeing a rise, so I don't really think that's the case, I prefer to see people trained and safe and understand what the applications are," said Newman.
The new law takes effect on January 1, 2017.