Missouri Lawmakers Vote to Change Concealed Carry Requirements

By Gretchen Bolander

Published 04/11 2014 05:28PM

Updated 04/11 2014 08:04PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Missouri lawmakers vote to tweak the state's concealed carry requirements. The House has approved a measure changing the permitting process, with mandatory testing for just one gun versus the two currently required. An addition to the bill could make it more controversial. The so called "Pop Tart" amendment would protect students from being disciplined for simulating a weapon at school, related to a Maryland incident where a child was suspended for mimicking a gun with the breakfast treat.

"We had somebody on the other side of the aisle say, 'well, that's why the process can work. They can go through the legal process and get reinstated in the school but the damage is done. This kid could be suspended from school for up to 10 days," said Representative Charlie Davis, Missouri District 162. 

House Bill 1539 is now in the hands of the Senate.

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