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The Conceal Carry Law In Missouri Will Soon Change - KOAM TV 7

The Conceal Carry Law In Missouri Will Soon Change

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A new carry and conceal weapons law goes into effect Sunday in Missouri.

The new law lowers the age limit for a license, but increases testing practices.

Steve Richards\Steve's Trading Post says, "I think the sooner people go to the courses and get training with the firearms it's better for everyone."

Starting Sunday the age to get a carry and conceal weapons license in Missouri will be lowered from 23 to 21.

Another provision in Missouri House Bill 294, applicants will be tested on both revolver and semiautomatic pistols.

Exercises will consist of a minimum of 50 rounds from each guns and a test of 20 rounds from each gun.

That is something Steve Richards, owner of Steve's trading post says is great.

Steve Richards\Steve's Trading Post says, "Any training whether it's safety, whether it's range experience; if you're going to carry a firearm it's very necessary that you know how to use it proficiently and safely."

Richard Leavens\Captain, Newton Co. Sheriff's Dept. says, "The firing the additional rounds; going from 15 to 50 rounds and going with both of them, gives a person who isn't necessarily well schooled in firearms an opportunity to know how the weapon operates. Maybe get a better idea of what they want to carry concealed"

Newton County Sheriff's Captain Richard Leavens says the department does not see any significant problems with the law.

The people who are responsible enough to go through the process of getting conceal carry license and the training process with that are generally pretty responsible people."

There are more than 13-hundred licenses in Newton County.

Another provision of the law, give legislators the right to carry and conceal weapons in the capitol.

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