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Two Important Pro-Gun Bills Awaiting Governor’s Consideration in Missouri

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Since being transmitted to him on May 25, House Bill 1692 and House Bill 2081 remain on Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) desk awaiting consideration.

HB1692, introduced by State Representative Jason Smith (R-150), contains numerous pro-gun provisions, such as: expanding Missouri’s “Castle Doctrine” protections to any property boundaries one leases or owns; capping the sheriff fee at $10 for permit holders who change addresses; and clarifying the language, “intoxicated with a firearm,” so that the person cannot be charged with a felony if they lawfully possess firearms in their home while intoxicated. This provision also extends to self-defense.

HB1692 would also allow a prosecutor with a Right-to-Carry permit to carry in a courthouse, and with the judge’s permission, in the courtroom as well. If signed, the bill would also bring Missouri’s gun laws into compliance with federal law exempting antique firearms from “unlawful possession” citations.

HB2081, sponsored by State Representative Jeanie Riddle (R-20), specifies that a pregnant woman may use deadly force if she reasonably believes that deadly force is necessary to protect her unborn child against death, serious physical injury, or any forcible felony.  Under current Missouri State statute, a pregnant woman can be criminally charged if she uses deadly force to protect her unborn child when violently attacked.

HB2081 passed out of the General Assembly with overwhelming, bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate.

In Missouri’s 2010 legislative session only 10% of the filed legislation passed out of both chambers. Thanks to State Senators Charlie Shields (R-34), Kevin Engler (R-3), Jane Cunningham (R-7), Bill Stouffer (R-21), Jack Goodman (R-29), Scott Rupp (R-2), and Brad Lager (R-12), Missouri’s law-abiding gun owners benefited with the passage of important pro-gun legislation in the final hours of legislative session.

It is important that self-defense legislation like HB1692 and HB2081 be signed into law.  Please contact Governor Nixon and respectfully urge him to sign HB1692 and HB2081. The Governor can be reached by phone at (573) 751-3222 or visit
http://governor.mo.gov/contact/ to send email.
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