New Missouri concealed weapons law to take effect

     (AP) – First-time offenders convicted of possessing small

amounts of marijuana no longer will face jail time, and most adults will be able

to carry concealed weapons without a permit under new Missouri laws.

     Those laws and several others take effect Sunday.

Shorter prison sentences for some nonviolent drug crimes are part of an

overhaul of the state’s criminal laws.

     Another new law expands the state’s castle doctrine to allow invited house

guests such as babysitters to use deadly force against intruders. The law

creates a “stand-your-ground” right. That means people no longer need to retreat

from danger before shooting in any place they are legally entitled to be


     Another new law requires the state to hire a company to check welfare

recipients’ eligibility.


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