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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Governor Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing state employees to keep guns in their vehicles.
Nixon described his signature of the legislation Friday as an expansion of gun rights. But the Democratic governor also vetoed a much broader bill passed by the Republican-led Legislature that would have declared some federal gun control laws void and allowed criminal charges against federal agents who tried to enforce those gun laws.
The bill Nixon signed lets state workers keep guns in their cars while on property owned or leased by the state.
It also allows fire chiefs with concealed-gun permits and special approval to carry weapons on the job.
And it bars governments from running gun-buyback programs unless those guns are later offered for sale or trade to licensed firearm dealers.
A scary Memorial Day for one elderly north St. Louis resident.
Around 10 this morning, a car crashed through the front wall of a 72-year-old woman's home. Two passengers in the car were injured, but the homeowner was uninjured. KSDK reports that rescue crews noticed the smell of natural gas and Laclede Gas employees shut off the home's supply.
The home has been deemed uninhabitable by city officials and the woman will have to stay with her daughter while repairs are performed. No word on why the car lost control and hit the house.
15-year-old Cameron Coleman walked up to a Jeep in the Baden Neighborhood last May and pulled a gun on the driver. The man behind the wheel was able to free his two kids, aged 6 and 4, from the SUV before Coleman drove off. Two days later, police pulled over Coleman while he was driving the stolen SUV and after a short foot chase, they captured him.
A judge ruled to try Coleman as an adult and he pleaded guilty to several felonies. He will learn his sentence May 5.
A Senate committee on Wednesday considered a proposal that would let local governments impose a tax. Voters then would decide whether to continue it.
The legislation seeks to reverse a Missouri Supreme Court ruling that local sales taxes cannot be charged on vehicles purchased out of state or in private transactions. Instead the high court said a local "use tax" could be charged if approved by local voters. Creating local use taxes have had mixed results before voters.
Supporters of the legislation say many cities and counties are losing tax revenue while vehicle dealers in bordering states now have an advantage over Missouri businesses.