The National Gun Debate Hits the Missouri Legislature
Two weeks after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, the Missouri lawmakers did the unthinkable: they approved several gun laws that actually increase the presence of guns across every Missouri community. The tally includes four (4) awful bills, one (1) acceptable bill, and two (2) that receive a consolation prize for effort.
First: The Ugliest:
HB 1936: “Guns Everywhere Bill” takes away local control over who can carry a gun and where they can carry it. Allows citizens to carry hidden, loaded handguns on campuses, schools, daycares, and bars. (Sponsored by Spencer Taylor, R-139)
HB 1937: Also sponsored by Taylor, prohibits political subdivisions from regulating open carry of firearms.
HB 1865: Allows gun owners to transport firearms or store them in locked, privately owned motor vehicles. This means a gun owner may bring their gun to work, shopping, etc., no matter what the property owner’s or employer’s policy is about guns. Under current law, all firearms, in either open carry or concealed carry, have to be on the person. (Sponsor: Justin Hill R-108)
HB 1256: Imposes restrictions on the use of firearm tracking technology, making it unlawful to use centralized information to locate or control the use of a firearm.
The Not so Bad:
HB 1326: Authorizes tax deductions for costs of firearm safety training. (Sponsor: Steven Roberts D-77)
Representative Peter Meredith (D-St. Louis) introduced HB 1733 to reverse the 2016 law allowing concealed carry without a permit and enhance the definition of Stand Your Ground.
HB 1342: prohibits selling, delivering or transferring ammunition or accessories to anyone under 18 years old.
HB 2281: requires background checks on all gun sales or transfers.
Please call your representative(s) and urge them to vote against the ugliest bills and support the safer alternatives described above. You can reach them at: 573-217-4023. You’ll be glad you did.
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