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Lawmakers Legalize Concealed Weapons

Lawmakers have voted to override the governor's veto of concealed weapons legislation. As KSMU's Missy Shelton reports, that means Missourians soon will have the right to pack heat.

UPPORTERS OF CONCEALED WEAPONS LEGISLATION SCORED A MAJOR VICTORY TODAY (THURSDAY).

THE MISSOURI SENATE VOTED IN FAVOR OF OVERRIDING THE GOVERNOR'S VETO OF THE RIGHT TO CARRY BILL.

ON WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSE OVERRODE THE VETO'WITH THE OVERRIDE VOTES SUCCESSFUL IN BOTH CHAMBERS, THE BILL BECOMES LAW IN 30 DAYS.

BEFORE THEY CAN GET A CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMIT, MISSOURIANS WILL HAVE TO QUALIFY TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS'THEY WILL HAVE TO PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK AND TAKE EIGHT HOURS OF TRAINING.

SUPPORTERS LIKE REPUBLICAN SENATOR DAN CLEMMONS SAY THEY BILL IS TRUE TO THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

BUT THAT ARGUMENT DID NOT PERSUADE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MARY BLAND.

SHE SAYS GIVING MISSOURIANS THE RIGHT TO CARRY WILL RESULT IN A RISE IN MURDERS.

THE VOTES OF BLAND AND SEVERAL OTHER DEMOCRATS WERE NEVER IN QUESTION'EVERYONE KNEW THEIR POSITION.

BUT REPUBLICAN SENATOR MICHAEL GIBBONS VOTED AGAINST THE BILL DURING THE REGULAR SESSION'THOUGH HE ADMITTED EVEN THEN TO HAVING CONFLICTING FEELINGS.

FOR THE OVERRIDE VOTE, HE CHANGED HIS MIND AND SUPPORTED THE BILL, CASTING THE DECIDING VOTE ON THE ISSUE.

BUT UP UNTIL THE VOTE, ANTI-GUN SENATORS LIKE JOAN BRAY WERE TRYING TO PERSUADE GIBBONS THAT THE BILL WOULD LEAD TO A RISE IN DEATHS.

GIBBONS SAID HE DOESN'T BELIEVE THAT.

CONCEALED WEAPONS HAD BECOME A PERENNIAL ISSUE IN JEFFERSON CITY.

LONGTIME DEMOCRATIC SENATOR JIM MATHEWSON VOTED FOR THE BILL AND SAID HE WAS GLAD TO BE DONE WITH IT.

LAWMAKERS HAVE HAD A HARD TIME MAKING THEIR CASE FOR CONCEALED WEAPONS IN MISSOURI SINCE 1999, WHEN VOTERS REJECTED A RIGHT TO CARRY PROPOSAL THAT WAS ON THE BALLOT.