The Missouri Supreme Court has refused to lift an injunction blocking the state’s new concealed weapons law, the Kansas City Star says. That will force those who want permits to wait at least two more weeks. The court refused to remove the preliminary injunction issued by a St. Louis judge last Friday, the day before the law was to take effect.
The case is expected to be back at the high court after a lower court decision on a permanent injunction. A hearing is set for Oct. 23. “These issues are going to the Supreme Court one way or another,” said Richard Miller, a Kansas City attorney who, along with St. Louis attorney Burton Newman, represents challengers of the law.
At issue is whether the statute, which allows Missourians 23 and older to carry concealed weapons if they are trained and pass background checks, violates the state constitution. The constitution says that while citizens have the right to bear arms, “this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.”
The law’s proponents and the state attorney general’s office say the constitution merely says that the right to carry a concealed weapon is not guaranteed and it is up to the General Assembly to regulate the practice.