(AP) – Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday began considering legislation that would allow people to carry concealed guns onto public buses and city trains.
The bill by Sen. Bob Onder, a Republican from Lake St. Louis, is the latest legislative effort to expand where people can carry firearms. In addition to the public transit proposals – which failed last year in both chambers – lawmakers are also considering whether to require colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons onto campuses.
Republicans have framed those issues as a matter of constitutional rights as well as personal safety, though gun control activists say more weapons only increase the likelihood of somebody getting hurt.
“I think all of us are concerned about safety. We obviously have different ideas on how to get there,” said Sen. Bob Dixon, a Springfield Republican who sponsored legislation to allow concealed guns on college campuses.
State law currently classifies carrying a concealed weapon on public transit as a felony.