With a law like the Second Amendment Protection Act, one would be hard-pressed to imagine that there are many places in Missouri where guns aren’t allowed. However, like most states, there are a few places where guns are still forbidden and are barred there by state law, not federal regulations.
However, it seems Missouri is aware of this and is trying to rectify the problem.
The Missouri House has perfected a bill that lowers the age requirement to apply for a concealed weapons permit from 19 to 18 years of age and would allow permit holders to carry firearms on public transportation, excluding Amtrak trains.
House Bill 1462 would also allow permit holders to bring firearms into churches and houses of worship.
“Law abiding citizens should be able to carry their legal firearms with them while traveling to and from wherever they need to go! Arbitrary laws that make it illegal to carry personal protection with you just because you have to ride a bus or utilize public transit only hurt good citizens, while at the same time make life easier for criminals to victimize anyone they choose!” Alicia Proctor, of Kirkwood said in supportive testimony submitted for the bill.
Proctor is completely right.
Unsurprisingly, not everyone agreed.
“The approach of this law will not enhance safety. It will weaponize any disagreement that occurs in a closed space such as a bus or train putting citizens at more risk,” wrote Jean Knapp, of Brookline, Missouri.
Yes, because that happens all the time in states that don’t bar the carrying of guns on public transportation…except, it doesn’t. Like, at all.
See, many states have no barrier to carrying a gun on public transportation. They also don’t have a problem with arguments escalating into gun battles. It’s simply not a thing.
Believe me, if it were, there would be wall-to-wall coverage.
Gun control supporters, no matter where they are, have a tendency to believe that everyone who is carrying a gun is really just a hair’s breadth away from snapping and killing someone. From what I’ve seen, this is often due to projection.
There’s simply no evidence suggesting this happens, and with so few states explicitly banning the carry of a firearm on public transportation, if it were a thing, we’d know by now.
Then there’s the matter of carrying in churches, which some religious leaders are taking issue with. It seems some people can’t imagine why someone would need a gun in church.
Yeah, it’s a mystery. An absolute mystery.
Honestly, when it comes to restoring gun rights, some people are just terrified of change. They think what they’ve known is the only way it can or should be, but that’s not always the best way to view things. You need to understand why things were the way they were and understand that change can be a very good thing. When it comes to restoring our gun rights, this is a win because there’s no good in gun control’s origins.
I expect that this will eventually become law and all the doomsayers will pretend they never said anything when it turns out their apocalyptic visions aren’t remotely accurate to the reality that takes hold.