Bill to end 'gun-free zones' heard by Missouri lawmakers

Higher education prohibition would end

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The House General Laws Committee gathered Wednesday to hear four different bills relating to firearms, including one that would eliminate many of the state's "gun-free zones."

House Bill 258 would prohibit the state, political subdivisons and public higher education institutions from prohibiting employees or students from carrying concealed guns unless otherwise prohibited.

The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Republic, who said it will improve safety and elimitate policies that are contrary to the U.S. Constitution.

Bill summary

"This bill makes changes to the list of locations an individual can carry a concealed firearm within this state and the list of locations an individual with a concealed carry permit can carry a concealed firearm within the state. This bill also prohibits the state, political subdivisions, and public institutions of higher learning from imposing any policies or contractual requirements that would have the effect of prohibiting employees or students from the carrying of concealed firearms into locations where concealed carry is not otherwise prohibited by law."

The hearing room in which the committee meeting was held was packed with members of the public. 

ABC 17 News crews in the room observed that those in opposition of House Bill 258 outnumbered those who appeared in support three-to-one. 

Look for updates to this developing story.

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