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NYT Pisses On Missouri’s Head & Reports That It’s Raining.

From News­Max — In a scathing edi­to­r­i­al, The New York Times decries a recent vote from Missouri’s Leg­is­la­ture to expand gun rights, call­ing it “an alarm­ing vic­to­ry for the gun lob­by.”

Accord­ing to the Times, the law will allow the car­ry­ing of con­cealed weapons in pub­lic with no state gun per­mit, firearms train­ing or crim­i­nal back­ground check required. Local law enforce­ment will no longer be able to deny firearms to those con­vict­ed of domes­tic vio­lence or oth­er high-risk indi­vid­u­als. The law also cre­ates a “stand your ground” defense allow­ing gun own­ers to claim self-defense for shoot­ing some­one if they feel threat­ened.

Democ­rats oppos­ing the bill said it was a “per­fect storm” of low­er stan­dards for using dead­ly force and invites irre­spon­si­ble gun prac­tices. An over­whelm­ing Repub­li­can major­i­ty passed the law over the veto of Demo­c­ra­t­ic Gov. Jay Nixon. The state Police Chiefs Asso­ci­a­tion warned leg­is­la­tors that the laws threat­en pub­lic safe­ty, as did the group Every­town for Gun Safe­ty, which claims that stand-your-ground laws lead to a high­er pro­por­tion of dam­age to minor­i­ty com­mu­ni­ties.

The may­ors of Kansas City and St. Louis also opposed the law, cit­ing dras­tic increas­es in domes­tic vio­lence homi­cides in their cities, and claim­ing that police would be at greater risk.

The Nation­al Rifle Asso­ci­a­tion cel­e­brat­ed the over­ride, say­ing it’s “a great day for free­dom in Mis­souri.”

Franklin Coun­ty Sher­iff Gary Toelke, who retires at the end of the year after 28 years of ser­vice, told The St. Louis Post-Dis­patch that he esti­mates he refus­es a dozen requests for gun per­mits per year, but that the new law would weak­en his abil­i­ty to do so.

I have no prob­lem with the orig­i­nal law,” Toelke said. “I could refuse a per­mit for some­body who has had fre­quent con­tact with the law, or who is a sui­cide threat. Now that per­son will be able to car­ry a con­cealed weapon, and that con­cerns me.”

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dot­son agreed, say­ing the law “will leave [cit­i­zens] less safe, and make the job of law enforce­ment more dif­fi­cult and put our offi­cers in dan­ger.”

You just assume every­body knows how to use a gun, but how many peo­ple acci­den­tal­ly shoot them­selves?” he said. “You have to show us you know how to dri­ve a car, but don’t have to show us you know how to shoot a gun.”

But Repub­li­can State Rep. Eric Burli­son sees this as a vic­to­ry for cit­i­zens.

Mis­souri­ans have more free­dom than they did yes­ter­day,” he said.

Missouri lawmakers are set to expand Gov. Jay Nixon's already historic status as the state's most overridden governor, a record the Democrat earned after years of clashing with a Legislature under virtually unchecked Republican control. JEFF ROBERSON/AP
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