Allman Analysis: Will Dotson Departure Ease Barriers For Legal Gun Owners In St. Louis?
ST. LOUIS —
One day into Mayor Lyda Krewson's term, she announced the retirement of St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson. Dotson, who entered the mayoral race before dropping out ahead of the Democratic Primary Election, previously said he had no plans to leave.
His departure could signal a new direction in fighting crime in the city, as Dotson was a strict opponent of allowing guns many areas in the city of St. Louis.
After fellow veteran Chris Sanna was shot blocks from a Cardinals game two years ago, Justin Hulsey and former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch came up with a way for legal conceal-carry permit holders to take their guns into the city without taking them inside stadiums or arenas where they are prohibited. Hulsey's company, Mobile Safe Storage, was ready to start operating last summer. However, then Mayor Francis Slay and Chief Dotson stood in the way. Mobile Safe Storage could not get through the city's permit process.
Wednesday's announcement that Dotson was leaving, and the advancement of a bill in the Missouri House that would loosen restrictions on where legal conceal-carry permit holders could carry guns have Hulsey and other gun owners feeling optimistic.
Hulsey talked about the political changes since last year on The Allman Report on Thursday.