JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.– Legislation that would allow Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without a permit is now on its way to the governor’s desk for approval. The Missouri General Assembly gave final approval Friday to Senate Bill 656, sponsored by State Representative Eric Burlison, which would allow any law-abiding person to carry a concealed firearm anywhere that isn’t expressly prohibited by law. 301px-Seal_of_the_Senate_of_Missouri.svg

He says his “Constitutional Carry” bill  is meant to allow Missouri citizens a greater opportunity to protect themselves, their family, and the vulnerable of the state. He also noted the bill does not eliminate the concealed carry permit process or many of the reasons a person would would want to obtain a permit, such as carry across state lines or other locations that would be restricted.

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.

The legislation also addresses use of deadly force in self defense, unlawful use of weapons, and permit expiration for military members.

To read the bill, click here.