Sly James says Missouri legislature is ‘poised to double down on stupid’

Kansas City Mayor Sly James and other local officials are urging Missouri lawmakers to reconsider a sweeping bill that eliminates the need to obtain a permit in order to carry a concealed firearm.

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp and others joined James at a news conference at the Rose Brooks Center on Tuesday. At the news conference, they pleaded with lawmakers to let stand Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of Senate Bill 656. Nixon says the bill would eliminate training requirements for concealed weapon permits and would allow people to legally carry a gun even if their background check revealed criminal offenses.

James says the bill puts law enforcement and women and children at risk. His disgust with the legislation spilled over into his account on Tuesday:

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Umbrage was taken.

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James acknowledged the insult was unwarranted. 

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But the mayor kept making his points.

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The veto session begins Wednesday.

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