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Blunt, McCaskill Debate Meth, Guns at Springfield Forum


Springfield, Mo. – Fighting meth-manufacturers, and publicizing the names of Missourians with concealed gun permits, drew different responses today from governor hopefuls Matt Blunt and Claire McCaskill.

Blunt, a Republican, told a Springfield forum he favors making it illegal to disclose the names of concealed gun permit-holders.

Applications to sheriffs to purchase guns have been open records for years. But Blunt said releasing the permit information would be a step toward registering gun ownership.

McCaskill, a Democrat, said there's no reason to withhold the names.

The candidates took different approaches to combating meth.

Blunt proposed a three-strikes law to mandate prison time for a third conviction.

McCaskill called for a task force to make "sting" operations at illegal meth labs.