NEW YORK CITY, New York- In an editorial published today by the NY Times Editorial Board, Missouri has been termed the Shoot-Me State after a legislative session overturned Governor Nixon’s veto of a law that will allow anyone not legally prohibited from owning a firearm from being able to conceal-carry it in public:
“In an alarming victory for the gun lobby, Missouri’s Republican-controlled Legislature voted Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto and enact a wholesale retreat from gun safety in the state.
The law will let citizens carry concealed weapons in public without a state gun permit, criminal background check or firearms training. It strips local law enforcement of its current authority to deny firearms to those guilty of domestic violence and to other high-risk individuals. And it establishes a dangerous “stand your ground” standard that will allow gun owners to shoot and claim self-defense based on their own sense of feeling threatened, the report stated.
The article says gun control measures are being hampered by legislators controlled by the NRA:
“The measure has drawn no great national attention, but it certainly provides further evidence that gun safety cannot be left to state lawmakers beholden to the gun lobby. Democrats opposed to the Missouri bill called it a “perfect storm” of lowered standards for the use of deadly force and an invitation for people to be armed without responsible controls. The measure was enacted by the Republicans, despite strong public opposition and warnings about the threat to public safety from the state Police Chiefs Association. Everytown for Gun Safety, one of the groups fighting the gun lobby, noted that stand-your-ground laws result in disproportionate harm to communities of color.”
Trevor Noah also criticized the measure on The Daily Show
However, the National Association for Gun Rights congratulated Missouri: