By a vote of 112-37, the Missouri House voted to abolish the requirement to acquire a permit before exercising the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The vote was held on Tuesday, and the legislation — HB 1468 — now goes to the Missouri Senate.
According to the Associated Press, HB 1468 not only lets residents carry concealed guns for self-defense without a permit but also “expand the state’s castle doctrine law by giving people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves and their property against intruders.” This expansion covers babysitters in the home who may have to use deadly force to protect the children entrusted to their care.
HB 1468 is sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield), who views the abolition of concealed permit requirements as part of the greater goal of “[reducing] restrictions on how people can legally carry guns.”
Permitless carry is the law of the land in Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Vermont, Wyoming, and West Virginia. Montana also allows permitless carry in areas that fall outside of city limits.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.