Missouri's GOP-led House has passed a bill that would allow guns in churches and on public transportation.

The House voted Monday to send the proposal to the Republican-led Senate. Currently, people need permission to bring firearms into places of religious worship.

The bill would allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns into churches, synagogues and mosques regardless.

Another provision in the bill would ensure that gun stores are considered essential businesses.

That means the state and cities couldn’t order them closed during emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic.