Wednesday, December 19, 2012

As Pols Talk Tighter Gun Control, A Look at 5 Fast and Loose Firearms Laws in Missourah

Posted By on Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 6:24 AM

click to enlarge Old time Missourah or visions of Castle Doctrine law in the present?
  • Old time Missourah or visions of Castle Doctrine law in the present?

Nothing wrong with a night of bullets and booze... at least in Missouri.

In the wake of last week's school shooting in Newtown, Conn., St. Louis County Police Colonel Tim Fitch has said he'd like to see school officials and teachers carry concealed weapons to prevent such tragedies . Such a move would require Missouri to violate the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act, which criminalizes the carrying of firearms in specified school zones (Kansas did just that in 2010). Now, there are plenty of people out there who believe more guns is a perfectly commonsense solution to gun violence. But there are also plenty of people who think gestures like that are batsh*t insane.

It's worth noting though that Missouri has some of the laxest gun control laws in the country. The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a pro-gun control think tank, gave Missouri a big fat F for guns laws in their 2012 annual review of gun violence across the United States.

As Missouri continues to make it easier for people to obtain, exchange, and carry firearms, we took a look at some of the most striking statutes in Missouri state law.

1. Don't forget your gun when you go out drinking.

Valentine's Day at the shooting range?
  • Valentine's Day at the shooting range?

Law-abiding citizens can carry a gun while intoxicated and even fire it if "acting in self-defense" (see Law #4 for Missouri's generous interpretation of self-defense). Double shots all around!

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