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Gov. Nixon Signs Missouri’s Expansive Gun-Rights Bill

July 11, 2011

Gov. Nixon Signs Missouri’s Expansive Gun-Rights Bill

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon

(AuctionArms.com) -- Last week, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed into law an expansion of firearm rights for Missouri gun owners, the NRA-ILA reports. Among the provisions in this critical bill include lowering Missouri's Right-to-Carry age from the nation's highest, at 23 years of age, to 21.

NRA-backed House Bill 294, authored by state Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-20) and sponsored in the Senate by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18), is a comprehensive firearm reform bill that addresses a number of Right-to-Carry issues important to Missouri’s law-abiding gun owners. Both chambers of the Missouri General Assembly passed HB 294 by overwhelming majorities.

HB 294 will improve Missouri gun laws by:

  • Prohibiting sales taxes on firearms or ammunition from being higher than those for sporting goods, sporting equipment, hunting equipment, and accessories;
  • Allowing residents to purchase long guns from non-contiguous states and vice versa by removing non-penalty merchandising practices provisions;
  • Lowering the concealed carry age to 21;
  • Allowing a person to possess, manufacture, transport, repair, or sell a machine gun, short-barreled rifle or shotgun, or firearm suppressor if he or she complies with federal law;
  • Creating the crime of fraudulent firearms purchases if a person knowingly solicits, persuades, encourages, or entices a licensed dealer or private seller of firearms or ammunition to transfer a firearm or ammunition under circumstances which the person knows would violate federal or state laws; and
  • Enabling members of the General Assembly and their staff who possess valid concealed carry endorsements to carry a firearm for self-defense in the Capitol.
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