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15 April 2010

Joe Smith: House Taking Measure to Expand the Castle Doctrine to Protect Land, Missouri Citizens

Through the Castle Doctrine, we are able to protect ourselves from intruders or any person who unlawfully enters our home. This week the House passed HB 1787, sponsored by Representative Kenny Jones, R – California, which expands the law to ensure further protection to Missouri citizens.

Not only does this legislation allow the use of force when someone unlawfully enters your home, but also any private property you own or lease. This is especially important for Missouri farmers and other land owners across the state.

In addition to the castle doctrine expansion, the bill would also lower the age for the ability to obtain a conceal and carry license from 23 to age 21. At the age of 21, Missouri citizens have every right that all other adults have, and we believe that the right to conceal and carry should be no different.

The current law prohibits Missouri citizens from purchasing firearms anywhere across the state line, but HB1787 seeks to demolish that restriction. The bill allows Missouri citizens to purchase firearms in other states, and outside residents to purchase firearms in Missouri, as long as he or she conforms to the federal act and the laws of both states.

The protection of your family and your land is important – and Republicans in the House of Representatives understand that. Many of us have children and live on farms and we want to be certain that we make every effort to improve laws concerning firearm use.

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