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MO Lawmakes Just Told Bloomberg, Brady, And Crazy Moms Demand Action Where They Can Stick Their Anti-Gun Campaigns

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Jon Swedien | News Leader

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.

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