Missouri House votes to drop permit requirement for concealed guns

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. A bill designed to ease limits on the concealed carry of weapons advanced in the Missouri Legislature after House members voted 112-37 to send it to the Senate.

The legislation that House members approved on Tuesday would let people carry concealed guns without a permit anywhere they now can carry guns openly, something that doesn't require a permit.

The bill also would expand the state's castle doctrine law by giving people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves and their property against intruders. House guests given permission, such as a baby sitter, also would be covered.

Rep. Eric Burlison, R - Springfield, says the goal is to reduce restrictions on how people can legally carry guns. Democratic opponents cite concerns about gun violence.

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