Mike Parson became Governor of Missouri in June when scandal-plagued Eric Greitens resigned. Missouri’s one of the most firearms-friendly states in the nation, having enacted constitutional carry in 2017.
But Greitens, a former Navy SEAL who famously shot an SBR and a minigun in a couple of campaign spots, prevented concealed carry permit holders from entering the capitol building almost as soon as he took office. The ban only lasted about a month as Greitens came under heavy criticism for the move from House and Senate Republicans as well as gun rights groups.
Now Governor Parson wants to make the policy allowing concealed carry in the people’s house official policy . . .
Gov. Mike Parson’s administration is poised to make it official: Visitors can bring guns into the Missouri Capitol if they have a concealed carry permit.
Nearly two years after Parson’s predecessor, Eric Greitens, temporarily barred most visitors and employees from bringing concealed firearms into the Capitol, Parson’s administration has proposed a rule change that would make it clear that guns are allowed, as long as they are not brought into the House or Senate chambers or into committee meetings.
Parson has a long pro-gun history.
The change by Parson is not a surprise. As a former sheriff from Polk County, he has received perfect or near-perfect ratings from the National Rifle Association.
As a legislator, Parson co-sponsored an expansion of Missouri’s “castle doctrine” law, which allows individuals to use deadly force in defense of their homes.
Members of Moms Demand Action expressed outrage and horror at the proposed move right on cue.
An estimated 200 members of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America also called on members of the House and Senate to reject the changes.
Yes, well states like Kansas, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota allow guns in their capitol buildings. Texas has long allowed concealed (and now open) carry in its capitol, too. Which only seems just since the rights of the people aren’t suspended just because they enter the seat of government. Or they shouldn’t be anyway.