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Gun bill is top target as Missouri lawmakers convene for veto session today

The Missouri House and Senate will convene at noon today to consider whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes.
The Missouri House and Senate will convene at noon today to consider whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes. AP file photo

Should Missourians be required to get a permit before they can legally carry a concealed gun in public?

Should voters be required to show a government-issued photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot?

These questions will be answered today, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City to consider whether to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes.

The governor, a Democrat, vetoed more than 20 bills. But all eyes are on one that would eliminate the current requirement that gun owners pass a criminal background check and a gun safety training class before they could get a permit to carry a concealed firearm.

The Republican-dominated General Assembly approved the bill on the final day of the 2016 legislative session with veto-proof margins.

But since then two House Republicans have resigned — one to avoid a new lobbying law and the other because he moved out of his district. A few others have begun expressing concerns about the bill, especially since law enforcement have spoken out against it.

That could mean a close vote in the Missouri House, where Republicans hold 114 seats — five more than they need to override the veto.

Lawmakers will also debate a voter ID bill, changes to the state’s clean water commission and a host of other issues in what will be Nixon’s final veto session before term limits force him out of office.

Both the House and Senate will gavel into session at noon.

Sen. Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis refused to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in the Missouri Senate Wednesday in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

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