In September 2013, Mayors Against Illegal Guns released Shoot First, a comprehensive review of Stand Your Ground laws and how they affect public safety and the criminal justice system. The report explains how Stand Your Ground statutes have expanded the circumstances in which people are allowed to use deadly force, and have created legal hurdles that make it harder to hold shooters accountable.
To write or speak with legitimacy about guns, gun crime, and gun violence requires accurate use of terminology. This is a basic guide for describing firearms, accessories, and safety or regulatory technologies.
“Concealed carry reciprocity” would override state standards for the carrying of concealed, loaded handguns. Legislation before Congress (H.R. 38 and S.446) would not create a national standard—but instead would force each state to accept the standards of all other states, including those with much lower or even no standards at all.
For several decades, Missouri required every handgun buyer to pass a criminal background check and obtain a purchase permit. In 2007, the state dismantled its permit system and eliminated the background check requirement.