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Mo. House Bill Makes Proposing Gun Control Illegal

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2013 at 7:37 AM
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri lawmaker is proposing to send colleagues to prison for introducing gun control legislation — a plan that even its sponsor acknowledges has no chance of passage but nonetheless highlights the increasingly strident tone of gun measures in Missouri’s generally pro-gun Legislature.

Rep. Mike Leara said Tuesday that he considers his bill a statement of principle. It would make lawmakers guilty of a felony punishable by up to four years in prison if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights.

“I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Leara, a Republican from suburban St. Louis, said in a written statement. He declined further comment.

Since last year’s deadly mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut, state and federal lawmakers have grappled with gun legislation. President Barack Obama has proposed an assault weapons ban, background checks and restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines. But Missouri’s Republican-led Legislature has taken a different approach — more guns, not less.

State Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis, called the measure “unconstitutional” and said she would go directly to prison if the bill passes. Newman is the sponsor of a measure that would require guns to be sold by a licensed dealer and force that dealer to conduct a background check.

Even one of Leara’s fellow Republicans said he probably wouldn’t support the bill.

Everybody should have a right to introduce bills, even bad ones,” said state Rep. Kevin Engler, of Farmington, a former state senator who has sponsored National Rifle Association-supported legislation in previous years.

Leara’s measure comes less than a week after St. Louis-area House Democrats introduced legislation containing an assault weapons ban. That bill would require owners of semi-automatic weapons to surrender, destroy or send their guns to another state within 90 days of the measure’s passage.

One lawmaker has questioned the wisdom of proposing legislation to the ideological extreme of both political parties.

“(Leara’s bill) has as much chance of passing as (the assault weapons ban). Highlights the problem with proposing bills to get attention,” tweeted Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City.

The proposal criminalizing gun control legislation comes as a Missouri House committee was scheduled to consider a Republican proposal Tuesday that would nullify all federal gun laws. A Senate panel is also expected to conduct a hearing Tuesday on a state constitutional amendment broadening gun rights.

The gun bill is HB633.

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stormcris
by Christy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:33 AM
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Well considering the person who introduced the bill for Congress is from a state that implemented similar and now has the highest gun deaths in the nation, perhaps it should not be in their hands and perhaps the states should be the ones deciding what to do.

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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The states should be the ones deciding.

Quoting stormcris:

Well considering the person who introduced the bill for Congress is from a state that implemented similar and now has the highest gun deaths in the nation, perhaps it should not be in their hands and perhaps the states should be the ones deciding what to do.


meriana
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:39 AM
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Instead of spending time writing bills they know have no hope of going anywhere, they should be focusing on writing bills that will actually help all those in their state, not just a few who would prefer they not have any laws, rules or regulations at all.

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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I would be willing to bet it was because of this stupid piece of legislation


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Quoting meriana:

Instead of spending time writing bills they know have no hope of going anywhere, they should be focusing on writing bills that will actually help all those in their state, not just a few who would prefer they not have any laws, rules or regulations at all.


mylifemylove864
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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I'm from MO and both sides are getting out of control.
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meriana
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:05 AM
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As usual someone takes things to far one way so someone else comes along and takes them too far the other way. Guess people have forgotten that in most things, there is a middle ground. Unfortunatly where guns are concerned, regulation isn't necessairly a bad thing, there is nothing wrong in universal back-ground checks and removing the loophole that allows anyone to go to a gun show and purchase whatever they want but so many are against back-ground checks period. I don't get why, if one is a law-abiding citizen, they'd object to a back-ground check. I also don't have a problem with developing some means of denying access to guns to those who have a history of mental illness but there again, the idea raises the ire of many.

Yeah I know, the criminal element always comes into play with any discussion about guns and certainly if a criminal really wants a gun, said criminal will find a means of obaining one, I just personally have no problem with taking steps to make it more difficult for them to do so.

candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I lived in Kansas City, Missouri for 30 years and I agree.

Quoting mylifemylove864:

I'm from MO and both sides are getting out of control.


candlegal
by Judy on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM
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The problem with that is it only makes it difficult for law abiding citizens to buy a gun.  The criminals never seem to have a problem.   Look at Detroit and Chicago as just two examples.

Quoting meriana:

As usual someone takes things to far one way so someone else comes along and takes them too far the other way. Guess people have forgotten that in most things, there is a middle ground. Unfortunatly where guns are concerned, regulation isn't necessairly a bad thing, there is nothing wrong in universal back-ground checks and removing the loophole that allows anyone to go to a gun show and purchase whatever they want but so many are against back-ground checks period. I don't get why, if one is a law-abiding citizen, they'd object to a back-ground check. I also don't have a problem with developing some means of denying access to guns to those who have a history of mental illness but there again, the idea raises the ire of many.

Yeah I know, the criminal element always comes into play with any discussion about guns and certainly if a criminal really wants a gun, said criminal will find a means of obaining one, I just personally have no problem with taking steps to make it more difficult for them to do so.


Woodbabe
by Woodie on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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When are they going to propose legislation to disarm the criminals?

mylifemylove864
by Member on Feb. 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM
I was born and raised in southwest MO. My family still lives there. I miss it.


Quoting candlegal:

I lived in Kansas City, Missouri for 30 years and I agree.

Quoting mylifemylove864:

I'm from MO and both sides are getting out of control.



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