For the first time since Jesse James rode the Plains, Missourians will be able to legally strap on a concealed handgun beginning next month, reports the Kansas City Star.
The Missouri Senate on Thursday overrode Gov. Bob Holden’s veto of a concealed weapons bill with the minimum 23 votes needed. The action clears the way for the legislation to become law on Oct. 11. The House voted to override on Wednesday.
Gun-rights groups, which had lobbied for such a bill for 13 years, were elated. One such advocate called the vote a victory for civil liberties.
Missouri will become the 36th state in the nation to allow residents who meet certain qualifications to carry a concealed gun.