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Eric Burlison: Conceal carry permits = poll taxes

Yesterday, a House committee heard Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield)'s bill which would gut the current concealed weapons' permitting system in Missouri. It lowers the bar drastically, allowing people with criminal histories, no training, or deemed by law enforcement as 'posing a threat,' to easily obtain a concealed weapon permit.

While presenting his bill, Burlison compared the requirments of a concealed weapon permit to notorious poll taxes that were used to deny African Americans voting rights throughout the South.

He said:

There was a time in America where we, it was an ugly time period, where we required people to pay a fee to take a test in order to vote and I think that that was something that, it's a good thing we don't have today, and I think in the same way for people to simply express this right [to carry secret weapons] that we should not require...


Obtaining a concealed weapons permit in Missouri is not comparable to the poll tax laws that once existed in our country... not by any stretch of the imagination.

Furthermore, gutting the current policy, allowing people to conceal carry with criminal histories or no training just doesn't make sense.