On May 5th, the Missouri Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee will vote on expanding the state’s “Castle Doctrine” provisions via HB 1539.
The bill was sponsored by Representative Mike Kelley (R-127) and is now “being handled by Senator Bob Dixon (R-30).”
According to the NRA-ILA, the bill “would improve Missouri’s current Castle Doctrine statute by allowing someone who is occupying private property under the authority of the property owner to use deadly force in defense of one’s self or another.”
HB 1539 also modifies Missouri’s concealed carry application process so that individuals who want a permit can shoot either a revolver or a semi-automatic, instead of being required to shoot both a revolver and a semi-automatic as they are now.
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