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New ‘stand your ground’ laws take effect in Missouri

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Many people hear the phrase "stand your ground" and think there is a lot of leeway in firing your weapon. In Missouri, that wasn't actually the case.

Before, you had to try to retreat and use any means to get away before you could defend yourself and fire your weapon.  

Now, as long as you're legally allowed to be somewhere and you perceive a threat, you can defend yourself immediately.  

It's not just people with guns who this would affect, however. Scott Mosher, director of training at the Frontier Justice gun range, said it would also cover a babysitter protecting children under her care if they were threatened in the home.  In short, he said, it removes the guesswork.

Mosher said, "If you're thinking about, ‘Am I justified? Am I not justified? Can I shoot? Can I not shoot?’ by the time you make that determination, it's probably too late. But in your house, it should be your castle. You should have a right to defend yourself and your home.”

This is not the only change to gun laws taking effect. On Jan. 1, 2017, you'll be able to conceal carry without a permit

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