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Missourians Celebrate a Win for Self-Defense Rights on Wednesday

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Missourians Celebrate a Win for Self-Defense Rights on Wednesday

Missouri Legislature Overrides Governor Nixon’s Veto of Senate Bill 656, Pro-Gun Self-Defense Legislation

Today, Governor Nixon’s veto of pro-gun self-defense legislation, Senate Bill 656, was overridden by the Missouri General Assembly.  With this historic override, Senate Bill 656 will go into law allowing Missourians to carry a firearm for self-defense without a permit beginning on January 1, 2017, in addition to other important self-defense measures.

Sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18) and state Representative Eric Burlison, (R-133) SB 656 would:

  • Recognize Missourians right to Constitutional/Permitless Carry
  • Create Stand your Ground laws 
  • Expand Castle Doctrine protections for anyone legally allowed into your home, vehicle, business and property
  • Implement 10, 20 and 50 year options for non-reciprocity issued permits
  • Allow components of firearm training for RTC permits to be online 

Thank you to the NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who contacted their legislators in support of Senate Bill 656 during the regular and override session.  Special thanks to those legislators who continuously voted in support of Senate Bill 656 to protect Missourians’ right to defend themselves and their families. 


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