A gun-rights group has sued Missouri in federal court over the state's law concerning limiting concealed-carry permits to U.S. citizens and Missouri residents only.
The Second Amendment Foundation is suing on behalf of Edward Plastino, a Canadian who lives legally in St. Charles, Mo. Missouri law says permits to carry concealed weapons are available only to U.S. citizens who live in the state, or members of the armed forces or their spouses.
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"Plastino would carry a loaded and functional concealed handgun in public for self-defense, but he refrains from doing so because he fears arrest, prosecution, fine, and imprisonment as he understands it is unlawful for a non-citizen to carry a concealed handgun in Missouri," the lawsuit says.
Legal aliens can carry weapons openly, the group says, but cannot qualify for concealed weapons permit.
The lawsuit names Chris Koster and the St. Charles County sheriff as defendants. Under Missouri law sheriffs issue concealed weapons permits.
The lawsuit claims the prohibition violates the 2nd amendment, the equal protection requirements of the 14th amendment.
We've asked the attorney general's office for a comment.