Lewis Diuguid

June 30, 2014

Guns are big tourism concern at Lake Ozark, Mo.

The popular summer tourist area is where people who love their guns so much that they carry them and visitors from elsewhere are blending — but not too fondly.

Public outrage over people openly carrying firearms in Missouri appears to be coming to a boil at the Lake of the Ozarks.

The popular summer tourist area is where people who love their guns so much that they carry them and visitors from elsewhere are blending — but not too fondly. Lake Ozark, Mo., aldermen voted in June to ban the open carry of firearms, The Kansas City Star reports.

A bill that the Missouri General Assembly passed this year could shoot down the Lake Ozarks ordinance because it would void any locally passed prohibition on open carry. That’s only if Gov. Jay Nixon were to sign the measure, and he shouldn’t.

Tourism should matter more than guns. People have a right to feel safe.

Having others openly carrying pistols and other kinds of weapons goes against that sense of security.

If tourism at the lake dries up, so eventually will go the jobs and towns that depend on the dollars that tourists bring in. Survival in this case means having more gun controls, not liberalizing gun laws.

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