Sponsors of gun bill expect override of Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto

The lawmakers who carried a sweeping gun rights expansion proposal say Gov. Jay Nixon is missing an important detail in his rationale for vetoing it.

Nixon said in his veto message the bill would let people legally carry a concealed firearm even if they have been denied a concealed carry permit by a sheriff because a background check revealed criminal offenses or the sheriff believed the individual poses a danger.

“He fails to recognize that all those people that we’re allowing with the constitutional carry can currently carry openly in the state of Missouri,” said the bill’s sponsor, Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown). “All this bill does is allow them to carry concealed where they would now have to carry open.” The bill’s House handler, Representative Eric Burlison (R-Springfield) agrees.

Both men believe the governor’s veto will be overridden when the legislature convenes for its annual veto session in September. Burlison expects some Democrats to vote with the governor but still believes there will be enough support to overturn the veto.

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