Dear Sir or Madam of the Attorney General's Office,
I have a question regarding the scope of self defense weapons, in addition to a firearm, a valid Missouri concealed carry endorsement holder may carry under current Missouri state law.
Section 571.030.1 - Unlawful Use of Weapons--Exceptions--Penalties, subsection (1) of Missouri's Revised statutes reads:
"571.030. 1. A person commits the crime of unlawful use of weapons if he or she knowingly: (1) Carries concealed upon or about his or her person a knife, a firearm, a blackjack or any other weapon readily capable of lethal use; or..."
"4. Subdivisions (1), (8), and (10) of subsection 1 of this section shall not apply to any person who has a valid concealed carry endorsement issued pursuant to sections 571.101 to 571.121 or a valid permit or endorsement to carry concealed firearms issued by another state or political subdivision of another state."
and, 571.010.2 defines a blackjack as:
"(2) "Blackjack", any instrument that is designed or adapted for the purpose of stunning or inflicting physical injury by striking a person, and which is readily capable of lethal use."
With the preceding information in mind, would I be correct in inferring that an item such as an ASP expandable baton would be classified as a "Blackjack" and as such, a person with a valid concealed carry endorsement would be legally allowed to carry one for self defense purposes?
Thank you for your time and consideration.