Summary of the Committee Version of the Bill
HB 1621 -- DISCRIMINATION AGAINST PERSONS FOR THE LAWFUL CARRY OR
USE OF FIREARMS
SPONSOR: Brown (116)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass" by the Committee on General
Laws by a vote of 9 to 3.
This bill specifies that it will be an unlawful employment
practice for an employer to discriminate against an individual
who has a concealed carry endorsement or uses his or her firearm
for a lawful purpose including, but not limited to, self defense
by failing or refusing to hire or to discharge any employee;
discriminating with respect to his or her compensation, terms,
conditions, or privileges; or limiting, segregating, or
classifying employees or applicants in any way which would
deprive or otherwise adversely affect his or her status as an
These provisions cannot require employers to allow the carrying
and use of weapons on their property except as mandated by other
law or to grant preferential treatment to employees that hold
concealed carry endorsements or own firearms.
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill prevents employers from
discriminating against any employee who lawfully carries a
concealed weapon but does not require an employer to allow an
employee to carry a concealed weapon on the businessís premises.
No other state currently has this kind of provision and the bill
places Missouri at the forefront in providing this protection to
Testifying for the bill were Representative Brown (116); National
Rifle Association - Institute for Legislative Action; and
Missourians for Personal Safety.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.