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Missouri legislators expand gun rights in defiance of concerns from police

Missouri legislators expand gun rights in defiance of concerns from police

Jamiles Lartey | The Guardian

 Missouri lawmakers pushed through several laws to expand gun rights in the state Wednesday night, overriding the veto of Governor Jay Nixon,who said the move would make citizens less safe.

The new legislation allowsstate residents to conceal a firearm without a permit. The law also establishes a “stand your ground” self-defense standard, giving citizens the right to use deadly force in situations where they feel threatened. The move comes amid a sustained period of intense gun violence in St Louis, the state’s largest metropolitan area, which has one of the highest murder rates in the country.

Nixon vetoed the bill in July, after the mostly Republican state senators and representatives passed it. But lawmakers had passed the bill by such a wide margin, with the support of some Democrats, that they knew they could override the veto. After getting through the state senate on Wednesday night, the override moves on to the house where it is expected to succeed.

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