The Missouri House is considering a bill that would allow people with a concealed carry permit to have guns on public transportation. Currently, it’s a crime to board a bus with a weapon or to carry a weapon in a terminal.

Rep. Adam Schnelting, R-St. Charles, said his bill is designed to reduce crime on public transportation.

“We all run into the potential, rather, where we have situations where we have to utilize self-defense,” Schnelting said. “We have an inherent God-given, a natural right to self-defense and our constitution doesn’t grant us that right, it merely recognizes it.”

One provision of his bill would allow concealed carry in places of worship, to which Rep. Keri Ingle, D-Lee’s Summit, said is an infringement of religious freedom.

Rep. Peter Merideth, D-St. Louis, said it would cause a public safety issue.

“I got to say, I have yet to find a single person that lives in my district that I’m talking to about this that has, when I asked them the question, when I come to them, they say, ‘Oh yeah, I think we’d be safer if people on buses were allowed to have guns,'” Merideth said. “Every one of them says no, that sounds like a terrible idea.”

A House committee has not voted on the bill yet.

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