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City council moves to update gun ordinance

The Cape Girardeau City Council must update its gun ordinance so that it is consistent with state law. The Cape Girardeau City Council must update its gun ordinance so that it is consistent with state law.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau City Council moved forward to make its gun ordinance consistent with new provisions made to the state law regarding open carry.

In October, new gun laws went into effect in Missouri.

It made it so people could openly carry their guns.

The change essentially meant someone could strap a gun to their waist and not have to worry about covering it up, as long as they had a concealed-carry permit.

Provisions to the law also require local leaders to change their city ordinances if they aren't in compliance with the state mandate.

That's the case for Cape Girardeau.

Right now, the city prohibits a person from openly carrying a firearm.

Monday night, members of the city council voted on a first read to update its ordinance so it is consistent with state law.

City Attorney Eric Cunningham said the current ordinance is unconstitutional until it is changed.

He says the current proposal to update the city's ordinance would not change the current ordinance very much, however, it would allow anyone with a valid concealed-carry permit to openly carry a gun.

Cape Girardeau residents say they are in total support of the change.

"I think everybody should be able to carry a gun, regardless of if they have a concealed-carry or not," Richard Hengsc said.

"All of the years I have lived on this earth, I've not found that we can keep the guns out of the hands of people that shouldn't have them and the people that should have them they're not going to abuse the privilege and so I don't really have a problem with the issue of open carry," David Meade said.

Mead also pointed out that it is an American right to have and carry a gun.

"I think we should cherish it and not abuse it," Meade said.

Ward 6 councilman Wayne Bowen said the state law increases Missourian's personal liberties and it will be a positive change for citizens.

The state law requires people to have a concealed-carry permit to openly carry a gun and an officer can ask you for proof of that permit.

The changes will not go into affect for Cape Girardeau until a third vote is made to update the city ordinance.

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