On a sunny day in late October 2014, Jeffry Smith and about 50 armed buddies strolled through St. Louis' Citygarden on the way to the Gateway Arch. To many observers, including the city's mayor and police chief, the display of pistols and rifles among downtown's busiest tourist spots was a disturbing example of the how Amendment 5 had thrown the state's gun laws into disarray.
Courtesy of Jeffry Smith. Coming to St. Louis buses and trains near you: Guns.
Approved by 60 percent of Missouri voters in August, the amendment swept away local
ordinances prohibiting open carry and enshrined the right to bear arms with a virtually impenetrable legal shield.
The armed walk was just a start, says Smith, an Ohio firearms instructor who co-organized the event with local gun-rights activists. Now he tells Daily RFT he's planning to test just how far Amendment 5 can go -- and that means carrying weapons onto MetroLink trains and buses.More »