Showdown in the Show-Me State: The Fight Over Conceal-and-Carry Gun Laws in Missouri

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When the Missouri state legislature overrode Governor Bob Holden’s veto in 2003 to make conceal-and-carry the law of the land, the Show-Me State became one of the last in the country to adopt this type of law. In fact, it took years of concerted effort on the part of pro-gun advocates to make this a reality. In Showdown in the Show-Me State, William Horner chronicles this complex and fascinating fight in clear, chronological order beginning with the first bill introduced into the Missouri General Assembly in 1992 and ending with the state supreme court’s decision in 2004 that Missouri’s constitution permitted the legislature to grant Missourians the right to carry concealed weapons.

There is, it is often argued, no state more typically “American” than Missouri. The state is closely divided along partisan lines, as is the nation as a whole, and in the previous century, Missouri voters have regularly chosen the winner in almost every presidential election. By offering an examination of guns and gun policy in Missouri, this book provides a glimpse into the hearts and minds of Missourians and, by extension, of mainstream America as well. Horner’s in-depth case study details the give-and-take among legislators and examines the role that interest groups played in the evolution of this divisive issue.

Horner’s book—part policy analysis, part interest group study, and part history—will appeal to readers with an interest in the issue of gun control or in the political process, and it will provide a thorough resource for those who study policy making at the state level.    

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“Horner has produced a detailed, well-organized, and ably written treatment of the struggle over the right to carry concealed weapons in Missouri. He has placed this controversy in the context of Missouri state politics and has provided insight into how propositions become law. Importantly, Horner has shown the influence of lobbying in the legislative process, analyzing with care the role of the NRA in fighting for conceal-and-carry and the role of those groups who opposed Laws.”—Lawrence O. Christensen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826215871
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2005
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

William T. Horner is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Changing the rules of regulating guns 1
Ch. 2 The gun lobby and round one - preemption 5
Ch. 3 1992 - the conceal-and-carry fight begins 13
Ch. 4 1993 to 1994 - conceal-and-carry returns 29
Ch. 5 Conceal-and-carry - 1995 38
Ch. 6 Conceal-and-carry - 1996 : back for another try 46
Ch. 7 Conceal-and-carry - 1997 to 1998 : setting the stage for prop B 54
Ch. 8 The campaign of 1999 - an introduction 62
Ch. 9 The campaign of 1999 - the activists 67
Ch. 10 The campaign of 1999 - interpreting statistics and the law 79
Ch. 11 The campaign of 1999 - funding and advertising 84
Ch. 12 The campaign of 1999 - a brawl 99
Ch. 13 The campaign of 1999 - public opinion and the news media 111
Ch. 14 The campaign of 1999 - election day 121
Ch. 15 More in 1999 - Missouri takes on liability lawsuits 130
Ch. 16 2000 - the fight continues with elections of a different sort : Ashcroft vs. Carnahan and Bush vs. Gore 139
Ch. 17 2000 - elections begin to make a difference 154
Ch. 18 2002 - a Missouri republican revolution 172
Ch. 19 2003 - victory for conceal-and-carry 191
Ch. 20 Conceal-and-carry veto fight! 199
Ch. 21 Legal questions : conceal-and-carry gets its day(s) in court 214
Ch. 22 The Supremes have their say and the issue is settled - sort of 230
Ch. 23 In the aftermath of the court's decision 239
Ch. 24 Conclusion 251
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