Missouri House loosens gun laws on state residents

As several states around the union seem hell-bent on removing as many gun-related rights as possible, the state of Missouri has taken the opposite track and passed a series of laws that loosen the state’s grip on private ownership of guns by residents.

A recently-approved bill in the state lowers the concealed carry license (CCW) age requirement from 21 to 19 and authorizes openly carrying firearms less than 16 inches in length by CCW license holders. ┬áThe bill also prevents federal gun control laws from having any effect on state residents and authorizes certain personnel – known as “protection officers” – to carry weapons on school grounds.

The bill received preliminary approval by the Missouri State House of Representatives on Wednesday and will move on to the state’s Senate after one more affirmative vote.