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Senators approve measure lowering conceal and carry permit age

The Missouri Senate approved on Wednesday a bill that would lower the state’s minimum age for a conceal and carry permit from 23 to 21 years old.

Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, said the bill would help restore the rights of Missourians to protect themselves.

“Where I live, you know, it’s like if you don’t have a gun, it’s like not having a car,” Nieves said.

As part of the training to get a conceal and carry permit, applicants have to show proficiency with two different guns.

Sen. Maria Chappell-Nadal, D-St. Louis County, spoke out against lowering the minimum age and its dangers in her urban district.

“I’d like it to stay at 23 because this is a weapon,” Chappell-Nadal said.

Chappell-Nadal also said she wishes Missouri had balanced legislation to deal with the concerns of the urban and rural areas.

Nieves volunteered to take Chappell-Nadal to the shooting range to make her more comfortable with guns.

The approved plan also would allow the staff of legislators to conceal and carry a gun within the Capitol building.

Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, voted against the bill and said he would advise his staff against taking part in the program.

“People act irrationally sometimes and that’s a mistake that you’ll pay for for a long long time,” Keavany said.

Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, said he would support his staff carrying guns as long as they take the required safety class.

“The whole idea of this is to give the law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves against criminals,” Munzlinger said.

The bill now goes to the House.

– Missouri Digital News

    Senators approve measure lowering conceal and carry permit age

    The Missouri Senate approved on Wednesday a bill that would lower the state’s minimum age for a conceal and carry permit from 23 to 21 years old.

    Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, said the bill would help restore the rights of Missourians to protect themselves.

    “Where I live, you know, it’s like if you don’t have a gun, it’s like not having a car,” Nieves said.

    As part of the training to get a conceal and carry permit, applicants have to show proficiency with two different guns.

    Sen. Maria Chappell-Nadal, D-St. Louis County, spoke out against lowering the minimum age and its dangers in her urban district.

    “I’d like it to stay at 23 because this is a weapon,” Chappell-Nadal said.

    Chappell-Nadal also said she wishes Missouri had balanced legislation to deal with the concerns of the urban and rural areas.

    Nieves volunteered to take Chappell-Nadal to the shooting range to make her more comfortable with guns.

    The approved plan also would allow the staff of legislators to conceal and carry a gun within the Capitol building.

    Sen. Joseph Keaveny, D-St. Louis, voted against the bill and said he would advise his staff against taking part in the program.

    “People act irrationally sometimes and that’s a mistake that you’ll pay for for a long long time,” Keavany said.

    Sen. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, said he would support his staff carrying guns as long as they take the required safety class.

    “The whole idea of this is to give the law-abiding citizens the right to protect themselves against criminals,” Munzlinger said.

    The bill now goes to the House.

    – Missouri Digital News

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