On Thursday, the Missouri House of Representatives passed House Bill 1539 by a 110 to 39 vote. HB 1539, critical self-defense legislation, will now be sent to the Missouri Senate for its committee referral. Sponsored by state Representative Mike Kelley (R-127), HB 1539 would improve Missouri’s current Castle Doctrine statute by allowing an individual who is occupying private property under the authority of the property owner to use deadly force in defense of one’s self or another. HB 1539 also includes language that would modify the current concealed carry training requirement, which requires an individual to shoot both a revolver and semi-automatic pistol, and would allow someone to shoot only one firearm rather than both firearms. While HB 1539 has not yet been referred to a Senate committee, please contact your state Senator and respectfully urge him or her to support HB 1539. Contact information for your state Senator can be found here.