The House gave approval to two pieces of legislation to bolster the gun rights of law-abiding citizens this week.
House Bill 2057, sponsored by Rep. Mike Bernskoetter, would ensure that concealed carry permit applicants cannot be charged a fee in excess of $100 and prohibits additional fees that may be charged including any fee for fingerprinting or criminal background checks.
House Bill 1468, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, would allow Missourians to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a permit. Referred to as constitutional carry, the bill would allow any person to carry a concealed firearm anywhere that isn’t expressly prohibited by law.
This brings Missouri statute in line with the constitutional change made by Missouri citizens in 2014 that allows the right to permit-less carry.
Both pieces of legislation now move over to the Senate for further consideration.