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The Missouri General Assembly is in session. That means that there’s a pile of House conceal carry bills.

With apologies to Atrios.

HB 1781 Changes the laws regarding carrying concealed weapons in the State Capitol Building

Sponsor: Riddle, Jeanie (20) Proposed Effective Date: 08/28/2010

CoSponsor: Brown, Dan (149) ……….etal. LR Number: 3549L.01I

Last Action: 01/25/2010 – Read Second Time (H)

HB1781

Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled

Calendar: Bill currently not on a calendar

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1781

95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES RIDDLE (Sponsor), BROWN (149), DIXON, VIEBROCK, ZERR, GUERNSEY, COX, DIEHL, SMITH (150), FRANZ, BRUNS, CUNNINGHAM, JONES (117), JONES (89), NOLTE, FLOOK, ICET, KINGERY, LOEHNER, WALLACE, SANDER, KRAUS, MUNZLINGER, GATSCHENBERGER, DAY, WRIGHT, FISHER (125), LAIR AND VIEBROCK (Co-sponsors).

3549L.01I                                                                                                                                                  D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To repeal section 571.107, RSMo, and to enact in lieu thereof one new section relating to concealed carry endorsements, with a penalty provision.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

           Section A. Section 571.107, RSMo, is repealed and one new section enacted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 571.107, to read as follows:

           571.107. 1. A concealed carry endorsement issued pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121 or a concealed carry endorsement or permit issued by another state or political subdivision of another state shall authorize the person in whose name the permit or endorsement is issued to carry concealed firearms on or about his or her person or vehicle throughout the state. No driver’s license or nondriver’s license containing a concealed carry endorsement issued pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121 or a concealed carry endorsement or permit issued by another state or political subdivision of another state shall authorize any person to carry concealed firearms into….

…. (5) Any meeting of the governing body of a unit of local government; or any meeting of the general assembly or a committee of the general assembly, or the state capitol building except that nothing in this subdivision shall preclude a member of the governing body of a unit of local government holding a valid concealed carry endorsement from carrying a concealed firearm at a meeting of the body which he or she is a member and except that nothing in this subdivision shall preclude a member of the general assembly or an employee of the general assembly holding a valid concealed carry endorsement from carrying a concealed firearm at any meeting of the general assembly or a committee of the general assembly or in the state capitol building. Possession of a firearm in a vehicle on the premises shall not be a criminal offense so long as the firearm is not removed from the vehicle or brandished while the vehicle is on the premises….

[emphasis in original]

What would Representative Denny Hoskins (r – noun, verb, CPA) say about this?:

….Question:  So, are you going to allow people in the gallery in the House have con… guns? ‘Cause they can’t now. I’ve looked at the legislation, sir. They cannot now.

Representative Hoskins: I, I wouldn’t be against that.

Question: Why don’t you introduce that as your legislation then? So that your colleagues could, people in the gallery can have guns in case somebody enters.

Representative Hoskins:  Well, and, and they currently, uh, they can have them out in the hallways. It’s just that they can’t have them in any, uh, I think…[crosstalk]

Question: Well you’re worried about the Kirkwood case, though?

Representative Hoskins: Right.

Question: Don’t you think you ought to have armed citizens sitting above you as you debate, uh, legislation on the floor of  [crosstalk] the General Assembly?

Representative Hoskins: If they’re, uh, properly trained and law abiding [crosstalk] citizens.

Question: Then intro…, why don’t you introduce that, too? The next time you want to make me safe, why don’t you make yourself safe and introduce the same thing? End the, the restriction in the House for conceal and carry?

Representative Hoskins: …but…[crosstalk]

Question: If Kirkwood is, is your, if…[crosstalk]

Representative Hoskins:  I, I didn’t introduce the legislation, so…[crosstalk]

Question: Yeah, but you’re my representative.

Representative Hoskins: I know.

Question: You voted to, to have guns where I work. You understand why I’m concerned about this?….

Nope, nothing from Representative Hoskins on HB 1781. Yet.

A few other bills on the same subject:

HB 1206  Gatschenberger, Chuck

Lowers the age at which a person can obtain a concealed carry endorsement from 23 to 21 years of age and increases the period of time an endorsement is valid from three years to five years (LR# 3312L.01I)

HB 1232  Davis, Cynthia L.

Revises the crime of unlawful use of weapons by allowing any individual who is lawfully allowed to possess a firearm or weapon to openly carry it into any church or assembled place of worship (LR# 3299L.01I)

Why am I not surprised?

HB 1239  Davis, Cynthia L.

Increases the period of time a concealed carry endorsement is valid from three years to five years from the date of issuance or renewal (LR# 3378L.01I)

HB 1291  Burlison, Eric

Increases the period of time a concealed carry endorsement is valid from three years to five years from the date of issuance or renewal (LR# 3579L.01I)

HB 1352  Schad, Rodney

Increases the period of time a concealed carry endorsement is valid from three years to five years from the date of issuance or renewal (LR# 3603L.01I)

HB 1756  Dethrow, Mike

Changes the laws regarding concealed carry endorsements (LR# 3717L.02I)

HB 1787  Jones, Kenny

Changes the laws regarding defensive use of force by a property owner or lessor, lowers the age for obtaining a concealed carry endorsement, and exempts antique firearms from certain weapons offenses (LR# 4619L.01I)

HB 1944  Brown, Dan

Lowers the minimum age requirement for obtaining a concealed carry endorsement from 23 years of age to 21 years of age (LR# 4758L.01I)

HB 2076  Parson, Michael L.

Revises laws regarding concealed carry endorsements (LR# 4902L.01I)

The bills will face off at high noon.