JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon isn’t saying yet whether he’ll veto a sweeping expansion of gun rights passed by lawmakers.
Nixon said Friday that he will give the measure a comprehensive review.
Nixon’s comments came after lawmakers passed the bill on the last day of the 2016 session.
The measure would allow most people to carry concealed guns without a permit and create a “stand your ground” right for people to defend themselves with no duty to retreat.
Republican backers argued it will help people protect themselves. Democrats said it would lead to more gun violence.
The Democratic governor said it’s a significant shift from the framework that’s been used to give people the lawful right to carry.
The Legislature passed the measure with enough votes to override a potential veto if lawmakers stick to their original positions.