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New Laws Take Effect Tomorrow Three Toed Box Turtle is among them to take effect

August 27th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Tomorrow a bushel of new laws are set to take effect. Among them are declaring the state reptile a Three Toed Box Turtle (I guess the Turtle vote is in high demand) and the “Castle Doctrine” which basically ensures that Missourians can protect themselves in their castle assuming they haven’t lost it due to Eminent Domain.

The Joplin Globe

By Joe Hadsall

Beginning Tuesday, universities in Missouri cannot raise tuition faster than the inflation rate, and abortion providers cannot present information to students in public schools. Missouri residents won’t need to see their sheriff for a gun permit, and they won’t need to see the county recorder three days before their wedding.

Gov. Matt Blunt signed 128 bills into law this year. Though a handful took effect immediately upon the governor’s signature, the rest kick in Tuesday.

One of the new laws is the so-called “castle doctrine,” sponsored by Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mount Vernon, and Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin. Under the law, people do not have to attempt to flee if their home or car comes under invasion. Instead, they may use lethal force to defend themselves. And Missourians who want to carry a concealed weapon won’t have to go to the sheriff to obtain a permit to buy a gun anymore.

“It was a duplicate application,” Ruestman said. “Gun buyers have to fill out a federal permit and background check, so doing it again takes a lot of time away from the sheriff’s office.”

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