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MISSOURI SUPREME COURT ACTS PROPERLY BY REJECTING CCW CHALLENGE, SAYS CCRKBA

Tuesday, March 30th, 2004

The Missouri Supreme Court acted properly, rejecting the request by self-defense opponents to re-hear their arguments seeing to overturn the state’s new concealed carry statute, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
“Obviously the Supreme Court saw through this stalling tactic by Missouri anti-gunners,” said CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. “Dozens of counties in Missouri are already taking applications for concealed pistol licenses, and it’s time that every county in the state get on board with this, because it’s the law.”
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb noted, “Missouri’s anti-gunners seem to forget they are in the ‘Show Me State,’ not a state of denial. It’s long past time for law-abiding citizens in Missouri to be allowed to exercise their rights under the new law.
“Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh Jr. summed it up correctly in his original Feb. 26 opinion when he noted that the state constitution is plain and unambiguous,” Gottlieb added. “There is no prohibition in the constitution from carrying concealed weapons, and the legislature acted correctly when it passed the statute over Gov. Bob Holden’s veto.”
While the original ruling, which faulted the state law’s funding mechanism, still stands, Waldron called upon self-defense opponents to stand down and give the law a chance to work.
“Unfortunately,” he observed, “we realize that opponents of the law don’t want it to have the chance to work, because they know all too well from the experiences in 36 other states that their dire predictions about gunfights in streets and taverns are soon proven false. While legal concealed carry is a nightmare for anti-gunners, it is a dream come true for honest citizens. Law-abiding Missouri gun owners will live up to this state’s tradition, and show everybody that this law works.”