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Heston Backs Concealed Weapons

March 24, 1999

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ A sea of concealed-weapons supporters turned out for a speech by Charlton Heston.

The ``Ten Commandments″ star and president of the National Rifle Association came to St. Louis and Kansas City on Tuesday to support Proposition B on the April 6 ballot, which would allow concealed weapons.

Hundreds of supporters, many wearing NRA caps and carrying ``Vote Yes″ placards, crammed into a hotel conference room to hear speeches by Heston and Wayne Lapierre, NRA executive vice president.

Outside, protesters from Missourians Against Handgun Violence carried signs in a rally against the amendment.

``Opponents would have you believe the law would change Missouri into a Wild West shootout,″ Heston said. ``I’ve got advice for those critics: Leave deception to the Hollywood filmmakers.″

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