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Manchester votes to forbid open display of some firearms

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MANCHESTER • The Manchester Board of Aldermen unanimously approved an ordinance Monday night that forbids the open display of some firearms.

It specifically states that “weapons that are not concealable” such as “rifles and shotguns” shall not be openly carried, even if the carrier otherwise has a valid state-approved concealed carry permit.

Manchester joins a small number of other cities in the state to take this action. At least one other metropolitan municipality - Maplewood – passed a similar ordinance in 2011.

Lake Ozark passed a law last month restricting open display of firearms.

The ordinance was adopted after Manchester police said the prior law would permit the carrying of “certain weapons open and exposed to the public.”

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Margaret S. Gillerman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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