Constitutional Carry-What Does That Mean?
By now, I believe most of us who consider ourselves gun people, have heard of Constitutional Carry. The State of Missouri has become the 11th state to enact the right to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection without a permit. There is however a considerable amount of confusion around this new law, which goes into affect on January 1, 2017. This law is for Missouri residents to carry in Missouri. The Kansas law is for Kansas residents to carry in Kansas. If you travel outside of either of these states and wish to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection, you will still need a permit from your state of residence or be guilty of a crime which could then disqualify you from being allowed to constititionally carry or get a permit in the future. Since we live in a very transient bi-state metro area, many of us travel considerably between our respective states. This means that if we want seamless concealed carry, we will still need our concealed carry permits. It really isn't the end of the world, we will still need to sit through the state mandated 8 hours of instruction, incur the average cost of about $125, take the certificate earned in the class to our county Sheriff's office and expend another $100, get finger-printed, have our background checked and receive our permit as long as we aren't found to be restricted persons. We then have the right to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection in about 38 other states. Always check the laws of any state in which you intend to carry concealed before doing so. First I'll say that the training received in a CCW class is more for knowledge of lethal use of force than it is for shooting proficiency. Which really negates the main argument that the constitutional carry detractors use, which is that having the shooting training of a CCW class makes us more safe. If they actually went through one they would know how ludicrous that really is, 20 rounds on a full man-sized target with a 70% proficiency. That makes us safer? Really? Now, while I fully support Constitutional Carry, I also more fully support on-going shooting proficiency training, tactical training and regular practice to ensure that we are able to properly assess and deal with whatever threats come our way. That and only that is the way to make those around us and ourselves more safe. If we at Show Me Shooters Indoor Range can assist you with any of this type of training, please let us know and we will be glad to accommodate your needs.