- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 26, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A bill designed to ease limits on the concealed carry of weapons is advancing in the Missouri Legislature after House members voted 112-37 to send the measure to the Senate.

The legislation House members approved Tuesday would allow people to carry concealed guns without a permit anywhere they now can carry openly, something that doesn’t require a permit.

The bill also would expand the state’s castle doctrine law by giving people the right to use deadly force to defend themselves and their property against intruders. House guests given permission, such as a baby sitter, also would be covered.

Republican Rep. Eric Burlison says the goal is to reduce restrictions on how people can legally carry guns. Democratic opponents have cited concerns about gun violence.

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