While some government locations around the nation move to ban anyone other than law enforcement personnel from carrying firearms in a municipal building, like Morgantown WV, others, such as Missouri, have taken steps to allow legal concealed carry permit holders to carry their concealed firearms in municipal buildings. The state Capitol building in Jefferson City, just posted signs saying that CCW is legal inside the Capitol building.
New signs at the Capitol tell visitors they’re allowed to bring concealed firearms with them as long as they have a valid permit.
The signs appear to walk back an earlier ban on concealed weapons in the statehouse, which accompanied the addition of metal detectors at entrances to the Capitol during the transition from former Gov. Jay Nixon to current Gov. Eric Greitens. Other than the appearance of the new signs, there was no formal announcement of the change in policy.
“NOTICE: Conceal and carry permit holders are authorized to carry concealed firearms in this building, except on the Chamber floors of both houses of legislature, their galleries, and their committee meeting rooms,” one of the signs says. It cites a portion of Missouri law and adds: “All other weapons are prohibited.”
The new signage brought joy to Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, and Rep. Nick Marshall, R-Parkville. Taylor has filed legislation to eliminate many gun-free zones, and Marshall had posted a sign on his door offering to lend a firearm to any constituent who stopped by his office.