City leaders in this Lake of the Ozarks community banned the open carrying of firearms. They want to boost the area's image as a family-friendly tourist destination.
The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen on Tuesday voted 4-2 to approve the ban, which still lets permit holders carry concealed weapons. Police Chief Mark Maples proposed the ban in response to concerns from residents and business owners.
Missouri law allows anyone of legal age to openly carry a firearm without a permit. A bill passed this year by the Legislature would forbid municipalities from prohibiting people from openly carrying weapons if they also have a conceal-and-carry permit.
Opponents of the Lake Ozark ordinance argued it violates their Second Amendment rights.