Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed legislation that would have eliminated the requirement for a permit to walk around in public with concealed guns, reports the Kansas City Star. The wide-ranging gun bill would have implemented a controversial “stand your ground” law, which says people no longer have a duty to try to retreat before using lethal force if they think their life is in danger. It would have expanded the “castle doctrine” to permit invited guests in a home to use deadly force on intruders.
Nixon said the bill would “render meaningless the existing authority of sheriffs to deny concealed carry permits.” He said it would allow “individuals to legally carry a concealed firearm even though they have been or would be denied a permit because their background check revealed criminal offenses or caused the sheriff to believe they posed a danger.” Under current Missouri law, gun owners may legally “open carry” a weapon anywhere that does not expressly forbid the practice. Carrying a concealed weapon requires a permit.