The open carry of firearms is now banned in the Lake of the Ozarks. The "Lake Sun Leader" reports city officials voted to approve the ban last week. They say it's an attempt to uphold the area's reputation as a family-friendly tourist destination.
Permit-holders will still be allowed to carry concealed weapons.
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