New Gun Laws in 2017

By: Dee Wampler

New gun laws are changing the landscape for self-defense

The new Missouri constitutional-carry law (2017) provides:

  • Removes the permitting requirement for carrying a concealed weapon (with a few exceptions);
  • Expands the state’s existing Castle Doctrine to include guests such as babysitters, who now can defend the property as if it is their own;
  • Individuals who carry concealed weapons are no longer required to undergo the training that goes with the permitting process;
  • Creates a stand-your-ground provision such that people no longer have a duty to retreat before using deadly force “wherever they have a right to be”;
  • Allows for lifetime concealed carry permits which extends the existing permitting allowance for anyone 19 or over;
  • School districts can designate one or more employees as a “school protection officer” who can carry concealed weapons and use force as they deem appropriate;
  • Concealed firearms are still not allowed in certain places such as courthouses, police stations, schools, colleges, and churches or “any place where the carrying of a firearm is prohibited by federal law” and “any private property whose owner has posted the premises as being off-limits to concealed firearms by means of one or more signs displayed in a conspicuous place”;
Some critics of this new law call Missouri  “the Shoot-Me state.” Mr. Wampler gives his full thoughts and critique on the new law here.

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At the Law Offices of Dee Wampler & Joseph Passanise, Dee Wampler draws from more than four decades of legal experience in defending clients accused of an array of crimes throughout southwestern Missouri, including Springfield, St. Louis and Kansas City. As a Springfield native, Mr. Wampler understands the nuances of the Missouri court system, but he is an equally formidable criminal trial attorney in high-profile federal cases involving serious charges. His work has earned him recognition across the country and even internationally. Several nationally syndicated television shows, including “Saturday Night with Connie Chung,” “Inside Edition” and ABC’s “Primetime” have featured his cases, and Missouri Lawyers Weekly has showcased his work approximately 20 times.

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Joe Passanise
The Law Offices of Dee Wampler and Joseph Passanise is a widely respected criminal defense practice which has represented adults and juveniles throughout the states of Missouri and Arkansas as well as surrounding states. We can help you make sense of all criminal charges that may come against you: from misdemeanor DWI to murder and other serious felonies. Our firm has specific expertise handling federal charges, serious gun and drug charges, murder, fraud, white collar crimes and sex crimes. We also have extensive experience in more common offenses such as, DUI/DWI, drug possession, domestic violence and theft offenses. visit our case archives to find out more about our past trials. Our office is located at 2974 East Battlefield in Springfield, Missouri and we can be reached at (417) 882-9300.