Missouri lawmakers concluded their annual session Friday after sending Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that enacts a "stand-your-ground" right and expands gun rights to allow Missourians to carry concealed weapons without a permit.
Under the measure, most people could carry concealed guns, even if they haven't gone through the training now required to get a permit. The legislation also expands the state's "castle doctrine" by allowing invited guests such as baby sitters to use deadly force against intruders. And it would create a "stand-your-ground" right, meaning people would have no duty to retreat from danger in any place they are legally entitled to be present.
Republican supporters described it as a reasonable approach to personal safety, while many Democrats decried it.
"I'm overjoyed," Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, said of the gun bill after the session ended.
For several years, Burlison has promoted legislation to allow state residents to carry a gun without a permit, as is now required under law.