I was not aware of it, but before the 2003 CCW law, Missourians could "open carry" legally.<quoted text>
I bought my hand gun in Georgia when I lived there. If you're old enough to reach over the counter it's easy to buy a gun. Does that apply in Missouri too?
Of course I can carry it in plain sight, I'm just restricted in where I go..... truth is I don't carry it anywhere. It's home defense and little more.... ahhhh, just wondering.
Actually, I used to help with a Support Group in dear old GA. The therapist always asked for people to leave any coats, purses, etc. on a table off to the side. Poor guy didn't know that all the attendees were carrying their handguns on their persons.
Kind of a scary place sometimes. My next door neighbor used to carry a gun in the holster at his hip to go to the mail box.....
Texas law is a bit strange because one CAN NOT "open carry," even if one has a CCW permit. This of course does not apply to the police.
The gun laws across the US are a hodge-podge of differing laws. Vermont, for example requires NO permit to carry a weapon. Ohio now has a CCW law, but if you carry in your motor vehicle, the gun has to be in a locked container, and
you may NOT reach toward that container if stopped by the police.
You can carry a gun in your motor vehicle in Missouri, even if you do not have a CCW permit. You may NOT carry a gun anywhere in Illinois unless you have a gun permit, which is very tough to get there.
US law trumps Illinois law if you carry a gun locked in your trunk, with no ammunition in the trunk. However, you must have come from a state which allows guns and be enroute to a state which also allows guns. You must be on a continuing journey through Illinois, and you may not stay overnight in that state if transporting.
We need a uniform federal law applicable to all states.