Missouri considers dropping age for concealed weapons

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri lawmakers propose lowering the nation's oldest minimum age requirement for concealed weapons.

Applicants for Missouri concealed guns permits must be at least 23, live in the state, have no felony convictions and pass a firearms training course and background check. A House committee this week considered legislation dropping the age to 21.

Of the 48 states that allow concealed weapon permits, about three-quarters require applicants to be 21 years old. Supporters of lowering the eligible age say it's about fairness, because most rights are granted by 21 years old. Critics contend gun supporters are trying erode restrictions that were necessary to get Missouri's conceal and carry law through the Legislature in 2003.

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