WMSA 25th Anniversary Picnic / September General Meeting

We had a nice turnout for the WMSA picnic. Will Kraus, Missouri State Senator, and Bill “Billy the Kid” Kidd, Missouri State Representative spoke to the membership. It was a fun time.

WMSA 2014 Picnic

WMSA 25th Anniversary Picnic and General Meeting. September 28, 2014.

It’s a Celebration!!

It is the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance.

When: Sunday, September 28, 2014

Time: Noon to 4:00pm

Where: Crossfire Recreational Center, 21200 E Truman Rd., Independence, MO, 64056


(Update:) WMSA will provide the meat dish and drinks (water). We ask that the members will bring a side dish to fill out the menu and personal drinks if desired.

(Update:) We will be having the dinner catered. You may bring a dessert if you wish and your personal drinks.

We will have four lanes in the indoor range reserved for us as well as a classroom.

A reminder. This will also be our September General meeting. Three Board Member’s terms expire this year. We will be electing three Board Members at this meeting.


Updated: PRESIDENT’S PODIUM: A Message to WMSA

Update (September 26, 2014) Kevin’s article below drew a question from a WMSA member. Does SB 656 apply to those areas of the state where no open carry prohibition exists?

Short answer: No. Open  carry is legal, still, in those areas with no prohibition and no CCW is required for open carry in those areas and municipalities. A requirement for possession of CCW is required only for those areas or municipalities, such as Kansas City, that prohibits open carry.


WMSA President Kevin Jamison penned an article covering the legislation passed this summer. It answers questions about the new law and dispels misinformation that abounds concerning the law.




K. L. Jamison

It has been a productive summer. We beat back an ill-considered Jackson County ordinance which prohibited shooting in decidedly rural areas. The Missouri Constitution was amended to state that the right to own guns was “inalienable”. This makes our constitutional provision perhaps the strongest in the country. This provision does not abolish any restrictions on our rights. Exactly what it means will have to wait for future court action. It is a very good development and will be a very strong tool to expand our rights.

Kansas City passed a City ordinance against open carry. This was not due to any injuries by open carry advocates or even threats. The council members who spoke on the subject said that the ordinance was necessary because open carry “sent the wrong message.” They wanted to suppress political speech. This is unconstitutional however crudely expressed the speech. I have often said that open carry is a bad tactic being badly employed. I do object to one of our rights being taken away even if it is a right I do not care to exercise. It would be helpful if one of the open carry advocates would sue the City. I can only hope that one will.

The legislature has overturned the Governor’s veto of an omnibus gun rights bill. One provision of the bill allowed open carry in any city or part of Missouri if the person also has a license to carry concealed. This does not make a great deal of sense. It is one of those; “It doesn’t have to make sense it’s just the law” sort of things. My understanding is that police have been called to open carry activists, and the person would refuse to give his name. He would have a perfect right not to give his name, but that is not how one wins friends nor influences people. A person with a license to carry must give his license on request regardless of the circumstances, even if he is not carrying a weapon at all. This allows the police to fill out their reports. Bad activism has caused us to lose part of our rights. The good news is that it gave us some good media coverage. The City Council did the ordinance so badly that they have opened up a legal weakness in the other side if the open carry people want to take advantage.

The omnibus bill was vetoed because it allowed school teachers to get training as school protection officers. The governor did not think these women could be trusted with guns. The law requires that the school district hold a public hearing before establishing this program. Applicants would have to pass a training program established by the Missouri Department of Public Safety of some 40 hours.

The bill reduced the age for a license to carry to 19. I fear that this will cause us to lose reciprocity with some states. We shall see. As I understand it one legislator demanded that the age be raised to 25 and the rest of the legislature pushed the other way.

The bill requires that the license to carry course only require familiarization with revolver and semi-automatics, not qualification. Students need only qualify with one type of handgun. This reduces the amount of ammunition required.

The bill prevents public housing from banning guns by residents. Public housing units have been sued for doing so across the country. They have always lost. This does not stop them. I represented a man who was being evicted from public housing in Independence because he owned a .22 pistol and a muzzle loading rifle. We beat the eviction with the assistance of the NRA. The housing authority responded by papering the facility with signs ordering residents not to possess guns. This provision does not prevent private landlords from banning guns from their buildings. Private parties can violate your rights if you sign a lease allowing them to do so. Read the fine print.

The Omnibus Bill goes into effect on 12 October, 2014.

It has been a good summer. Now all we have to do is elect the right people so we can do it over again.

I thank-you for the honor of being your president.


SB 656 Passes! Nixon’s Veto Overridden

The override didn’t happen until the wee hours of this morning, but happen it did. The Missouri Senate voted to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto earlier in the evening. The Senate then passed SB 656 to the House.

Senate Bill 656: An omnibus bill dealing with firearms, Nixon vetoed this bill for it’s provisions allowing schools to designate and train a “school protection officer,” to legally carry a firearm on school property. The bill also lowers the minimum age for a CCW permit from 21 to 19. The bill also prohibits health care professionals from asking about requiring asking a patient about firearm ownership or recording and/or reporting such ownership to a government entity. The bill also addresses so-called “open carry” law. Under the bill, local governments will not be able to prohibit CCW holders from engaging in open carry practices. Democratic Senators Scott Sifton and Jolie Justus spent nearly two hours discussing the bill in a semi-filibuster. The bill ultimately passed by a vote of 23-8 along party lines. — The Missouri Times.

Early this morning this morning, the Missouri House voted on SB 656. The House had to have at least 110 ‘Yes’ votes to override Nixon’s veto. Between the hours of 2:00am and 3:00am, the House voted.

Yes – 117, No – 39, Vacancies – 1, Present – 0, Absent – 6

SB 656 will become effective October 11, 2014, thirty days after the passage of the veto override.

RSMO 21.25o a veto override will become effective 30 days from the date of the override.

The Missouri Times website maintained a running update throughout the night. If you are interested in other bills, you can check on them via the links below.

Missouri Senate Veto Override Session status updates.

Missouri House Veto Override Session status updates


Update: Call your legislators: Override the veto of SB 656

Tomorrow, Wednesday, September 10th, is the start of Missouri’s Veto Override Session. The session starts at noon. If you can, please go to Jeff City, meet with your representatives and senators and urge them to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of SB-656.


Update: By a reader request, you can find your Missouri legislator here if you aren’t sure.


Democrat Governor Jay Nixon vetoed SB 656 saying he didn’t want guns in the classrooms. The bill provided certification for firearm training and other provisions for armed teachers. What Nixon ignored is that Missouri already allows teachers with CCW to carry in schools—when authorized by the local school board. Nixon’s excuse, other than being a liberal democrat, doesn’t hold water.

The Board of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance urges its members and all shooters across Missouri to call and visit your state Senators and Representatives and urge them to vote to over-ride Governor Nixon’s veto. Call them once, twice, thrice, enough times that they get the message: over-ride the SB 656 veto.

The veto over-ride legislative session is scheduled for September 10th, 2014. The legislature has a number of vetos on its docket. Let’s all makes sure that the first on their list to override is SB 656.


Update: We have a Winner!

WMSA member Wil from North Kansas City has received his Chicago Typewrit…uh, Fun Gun.

Raffle Winner WMSA Wil

Wil from North Kansas City and his new Chicago Fun Gun


The WMSA “Chicago Fun Gun 10-22 Ruger” rifle was won by Wil of NKC, MO!  Congratulations, Wil.  Have fun!  And thanks to ALL who donated to the effort in support of WMSA.