Missouri Concealed Firearms, Proposition B (April 1999)

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The Missouri Concealed Firearms Act, also known as Proposition B, was on the April 6, 1999 ballot in Missouri as a legislatively-referred state statute, where it was defeated. The measure would have required county sheriffs and the chief of police in St. Louis County to issue permits to citizens who apply to carry concealed firearms.[1][2]


2003 law

In 2003, the Republican majority in the Missouri State Legislature enacted a law similar to what Proposition B would have accomplished, if it had been approved.

2011 law

In 2011, both the House and the Senate approved a bill to reduce the concealed gun age in the state of Missouri. Previously, the minimum age was 23. The 2011 bill called for lowering the age to 21. The House voted 125-25, while the Senate voted 27-6.[3]

Election results

Missouri Proposition B (April 1999)
Defeatedd No678,65251.67%
Yes 634,809 48.33%

Election results via: University of Missouri Institute for Public Policy

Text of measure

The question on the ballot appeared as:[2]

Shall sheriffs, or in the case of St. Louis County, the chief of police, be required to issue permits to carry concealed firearms to citizens who apply if various statutory requirements are satisfied?

Because of the discretion given to local law enforcement to verify the accuracy of applications, the costs are uncertain. Application fees are estimated to cover most costs for the first three years. Subsequently, local governments, as a whole, may incur costs from $500,000 to $1,000,000 annually, not covered by fees. [4]



Proposition B election results by county

The political career of Robin Carnahan began when she led the statewide campaign to defeat Proposition B. She chaired the Safe Schools and Workplaces Committee (SSWC) and orchestrated television advertisements against the measure.

Donors to the effort to defeat Proposition B included:

  • Handgun Control, Inc: $155,504
  • Development Specialists: $35,000
  • Civic Council of Greater Kansas City: $25,000
  • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce: $25,000
  • James B. Nutter Co: $25,000
  • Schnucks Markets: $25,000
  • Silver Dollar City: $25,000
  • Sprint Corp PAC: $25,000
  • Hallmark Cards: $20,000
  • UtiliCorp Inc: $20,001
  • FAM Holdings: $15,000[5]

Controversial TV ads

Television ads run by Carnahan's "Safe Schools and Workplaces Committee" (SSWC) attracted controversy. "Missourians for Personal Safety" supported a "yes" vote on Proposition B. They alleged that Carnahan's ads contained several misleading statements or downright lies concerning what the proposition allowed.

Specifically, the SSWC's ads alleged that Proposition B allowed Missourians to carry the UZI carbine rifle, despite the fact that the UZI shown in the advertisement had been banned in the United States since 1994, and that individuals convicted of assault, stalking, even child molesting could legally carry concealed handguns under the law, totally ignoring the law's stringent requirements barring such individuals from taking part.[6]

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