Last night Cherry Pie and I went to the local annual shindig call Waterfest. While I was gimping and she was strolling we ran into the Chief Of Police. I asked him about open carry in our town. I knew the city ordinance and knew (or thought I did) the State pre-emption law. But I asked anyway just to get it from the horses mouth. He said it was allowed BUT if they started receiving complaints and it it became more common then THEY would pass an ordinance banning open carry. To say I was stunned was an understatement. If we have a right and we exercise that right then they will ban it! If we talk to much would they ban speech? I wonder if he listened to what he was saying.
As it turns out we both were in the dark According to Missouri Revised Statutes of 2011 the whole pre emption thing has gone bye-bye.
2. No county, city, town, village, municipality, or other political subdivision of this state shall adopt any order, ordinance or regulation concerning in any way the sale, purchase, purchase delay, transfer, ownership, use, keeping, possession, bearing, transportation, licensing, permit, registration, taxation other than sales and compensating use taxes or other controls on firearms, components, ammunition, and supplies except as provided in subsection 3 of this section.
So, it seems on these hotter than hell days we seem to be having every day I really don't need to have a cover shirt on. I can dress as usual or for the weather and carry as I see fit.
Now should I open carry, not goading or baiting the cops, and wait for that day when a police office detains me for exercising my right and the get hold of the States Attorney General and file a complaint aginst the Police department and the city or should I be the nice guy and send this info to the Police Chief?
I see intesting days ahead in our little hamlet.