By Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A bill designed to ease limits on the concealed carry of weapons is advancing in the Missouri House.

House members gave initial approval Wednesday to the measure that would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit anywhere they now can carry openly, something that doesn’t require a permit.

GOP sponsor Rep. Eric Burlison says there are more restrictions on the right to carry guns than other constitutional rights. Democratic opponents cited public safety concerns.

The House also added a provision expanding the state’s castle doctrine law. That measure gives people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves and their property against intruders. House guests given permission, such as a babysitter, also would be covered.

The measure needs another House vote before it could move to the Senate.

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