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Key elements of the new castle doctrine

People desire to protect their homes and loved ones. With the relevance of violent and property crimes in today's society, it is understandable why some individuals lean towards firearms as a means of protection.

In the state of Missouri, the Castle Doctrine regulates how and when individuals may legally operate firearms for protection. With the implementation of changes in the law, there are a few key elements that individuals should be aware of.

Expansion

The new provisions to the Castle Doctrine provide an expansion of the law. Where there were previous mandates stating a property owner must try to retreat before utilizing deadly force, the new wording practically removes that requirement. Also, visitors to the property now have the right to protect the property as if it were their own.

Permitless carry

Missouri joins nine other states in allowing residents the ability to carry firearms on their person without going through the qualification and permit processes. This makes access to firearms easier for all individuals who meet the minimum requirements for having a firearm.

CCW permit

Even considering the expansion of the law, the concealed carry permit law is still in place. However, there are a few modifications to the permit process. For instance, military personnel on active duty now have additional time to renew their licenses. Also, individuals may apply for and receive new permit options, including lifetime permits. Permit holders should note that should they travel, it is important to check the requirements in other states, because Missouri carry rules may not apply.

These are a few of the key changes to the law, and people may have different outlooks on the affects of these changes. Whichever side of the fence you find yourself on, it is important to have an understanding of the law and how it affects you and your family. Take some time to examine the statutes and speak with a knowledgeable attorney if necessary.

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