New Missouri Legislation Looks to Remove "Gun-Free Zones"

A new gun debate in the Missouri House of Representatives caused some concern among local business owners.

Posted: Feb. 20, 2018 10:54 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A new gun debate in the Missouri House of Representatives caused some concern among local business owners.


"I just think it would make people uncomfortable if they saw people walking around with guns in a bar," Jason Horn, co-owner of Norty's Bar and Grill, said. "This is a happy atmosphere. Fun, kicked-back, laid-back, watch sports, have a beer with your buddies."

Missouri Representative Jered Taylor is sponsoring a legislation that would eliminate "gun-free zones." This means, anyone with a conceal to carry permit would be allowed to have a weapon in a place of businesses as long as it's okay with the owner.

"It's already difficult to control people once they're inside, but if they happen to have several cocktails where they've already consumed them then it makes them more difficult to handle," Scott Tucker, co-owner of Legend's Sports Bar, said.

There are currently 17 different businesses where guns are banned - those include places like bars, day cares, schools and hospitals.

"I'm split on my affiliation with republicans or democrats, but in this particular case I tend to believe that any of those things [weapons] in the public is not a good thing," Tucker said. "Especially in my business where I'm trying to work with all types of people."

Both Tucker and Horn said they understand the counter argument where some people believe they are safer carrying weapons, but they feel it shouldn't happen in areas where people consume alcohol.

"I'm torn. I don't know if more guns is a good idea or a bad idea. So, I would prefer that people not have guns in Norty's Bar and Grill," Horn said.

If the legislation is passed, it would be up to individual business owners to put up signs stating weapons are not allowed on the premises. 

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