SB656 made a number of changes to Missouri’s conceal carry laws. Missouri State Representative, Eric Burlison, sponsored SB656 (PDF available here) in the Missouri House. You should write a thank you card to the representative, because SB656 was the largest Pro-Gun legislation to have been passed, not only in Missouri but also in the United States.
The Facebook Live Video goes into more depth on the “whys?” of this bill.
AS OF JANUARY 1, 2017, ANYONE WHO HAS A LAWFUL RIGHT TO CARRY A FIREARM, CAN CONCEAL CARRY ANYWHERE IN MISSOURI AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT IN ONE OF THE 17 PROHIBITED LOCATIONS.
1.) There are still 17 places you CANNOT CARRY
THE 17 PLACES YOU CANNOT CARRY EVEN WITH A PERMIT, YOU ALSO NEED PERMISSION:
1.) Police station, sheriff, or highway patrol office.
2.) Within 25 feet of a polling place on election day.
3.) Prisons, or correctional facilities.
4.) Any courthouse
5.) Any meeting of a governing body (Federal, State, County, Municipal, etc…)
6.) Some state or county, or city owned buildings/property
9.) Places specifically prohibited by federal law.
10.) Public Universities or K-12 Public Schools
11.) Childcare facilities
13.) Amusement Parks
15.) Private Property where owner has posted a sign
16.) Any sports arena or stadium seating 5k or more
The penalty for a non-permit holder for carrying in these locations is up to a class-B Misdemeanor with exception for (15) in which case you are simply asked to leave. For a Permit holder they are asked to leave all of these locations and if they do not leave they can be given a trespassing charge and will likely lose their permit. That is what the state will do to you. Obviously, if you carry into an airport or military base or federal courthouse it is MUCH more than a slap on the wrist.
2.) This new law does not fully take effect until JAN 1, 2017. The emergency clause below took effect immediately.
CONCEALED CARRY EXPIRATION FOR MILITARY – 571.104 & Section B
This act provides that if a concealed carry permit expires while the permit holder is on active duty in the Armed Forces, active state duty, full-time national guard duty, or active duty with the National Guard, or the permit holder is incapacitated due to an injury incurred while in military service, the permit may be renewed within two months of the permit holder’s return to Missouri after discharge from duty or recovery from the incapacitation. Once the two-month period has expired, the provisions governing late renewals apply except the penalties begin to accrue upon the expiration of the two-month period rather than on the permit’s expiration date.
This provision contains an emergency clause.
3.) Employers can still ban weapons on their property
Legislation that could help prevent employers from depriving you of your right to defend yourself is legislation similar to what Representative Mike Moon Filed. Unfortunately the bill did not make it far at all. You can read the bill here.
4.) The only way municipalities can prohibit carrying a weapon is to ban open carry, However, if you have a concealed carry permit you are allowed to open carry regardless of any municipality ordinance.
YOU CAN CONCEAL CARRY ANYWHERE IN MISSOURI AS LONG AS IT’S NOT ONE OF THE 17 PROHIBITED LOCATIONS.
5.) Stand Your Ground expansion
Previously, a person did not have a duty to retreat from a dwelling, residence, or vehicle where the person is not unlawfully entering or unlawfully remaining or from private property that is owned or leased by such individual.
The new law provides that a person does not have a duty to retreat from any place such person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity has a right to be.
6.) You can conceal carry a pistol at 18 years old. You still have to be 19 to receive a CCW permit.
7.) This law allows for a lifetime permit, also allows for an extended permit.
LIFETIME CONCEALED CARRY PERMIT – 571.126 to 571.230
Under current law, concealed carry permits must be renewed once every five years. This act allows a Missouri resident who meets the requirements for a concealed carry permit specified under the act and pays a $500 fee to receive a concealed carry permit that is valid for the duration of the person’s life. This act also allows Missouri residents who meet the requirements for a permit to pay $200 to receive a Missouri extended concealed carry permit that is valid for 10 years or $250 for an extended permit that is valid for 25 years. To renew an extended permit, the permit holder must pay $50. The lifetime and extended permits are only valid throughout the state of Missouri.
The lifetime and extended permits are still subject to the same suspension and revocation provisions that apply to permits that expire every five years. The sheriff must conduct a name-based criminal background check on extended and lifetime permit holders once every five years. The lifetime and extended concealed carry permits must include a statement that the permit is valid only throughout the state of Missouri.
If the holder of a lifetime or extended concealed carry permit becomes a resident of another state, the permit is suspended. It may be reactivated if the permit holder reestablishes Missouri residency, meets the requirements for a concealed carry permit and passes a name-based criminal background check.
8.) Castle Doctrine Extention “Babby Sitter Section”
Previously a person who owns or leases private property may use deadly force in self-defense or defense of others against a person who unlawfully enters or attempts to unlawfully enter the property.
The new law provides that deadly force may also be used by a person who occupies private property pursuant to specific authority of the property owner to occupy the property.
“I encourage people to get a permit, the training is helpful.” -Eric Burlison