MISSOURI OPEN CARRY
The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; ...that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; ...and that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.
Letter to Major John Cartwright
(Monticello, June 05, 1824)
Article I Section 23. Bill of Rights.
RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS--EXCEPTION.
Section 23. That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.
Source: Const. of 1875, Art. II, § 17.
(2004) Section does not prohibit the General Assembly from enacting statutes allowing or disallowing the carrying of concealed weapons; the Concealed-Carry Act is therefore constitutional. Brooks v. State, 128 S.W.3d 844 (Mo.banc).
Our mission at MISSOURIOPENCARRY.ORG is:
- to educate Missouri residents about their right to openly carry a properly holstered firearm,
- to provide and organize educational resources to help residents navigate the complex and multi-jurisdictional ordinances and policies surrounding the open carry of a firearm,
- to support and organize pro-active residents in the push for state-wide open carry preemption.