A bill that would allow Missourians to apply for a permit to carry a concealed weapon moves to the Senate on the strength of an overwhelming vote in the House. A lot of debate. In the end, a 108 to 33 vote in favor of conceal and carry. The vote comes even after impassioned pleas against the bill. Others say Missouri voters already decided the issue in 1999 when they narrowly rejected Proposition B. Supporters counter that this bill contains more stringent requirements and more safety measures before a citizen can gain a permit. And, Representative Rod Jetton counters arguments that the bill would make Missouri less safe. The bill now moves to the Senate where its fate is uncertain. Even less certain is whether Governor Bob Holden would sign it should the bill make it through the legislative process and to his desk.
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