Guns may be a way of life in Lake Ozark, but during summer, tourists from all over the country descend on this town of 1,500 from places where seeing a gun isn’t a regular occurrence. The result is Lake Ozark police fielding complaints from nervous visitors.
The town’s aldermen voted earlier this month to ban the open carry of firearms, even by those with a concealed carry permit. That put the town squarely in the middle of a national debate on gun rights in general, and open carry in particular.
However, a bill passed by Missouri lawmakers on the General Assembly’s final day would void any local ordinance that prohibits openly carrying a firearm by anyone with a valid concealed carry permit. It currently awaits action by Gov. Jay Nixon, who has not signaled whether he intends to sign or veto it.