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Missouri: Pro-Gun Legislation on the Move in Jefferson City

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Yesterday, the Missouri Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 36 by a 23 to 8 vote.  Sponsored by state Senator Kurt Shaefer (R-19) and handled in the House by state Representative John Diehl (R-89), SJR 36 would strengthen Missouri’s current right to keep and bear arms constitutional amendment, Section 23, Article I.  SJR 36 would remove language stating, “but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons,” and insert language to strengthen the constitutional amendment to ensure the strongest possible protection against any proposed restrictions to your fundamental rights.  SJR 36 will now be placed on either the August or November ballot at the discretion of Governor Jay Nixon (D).

On Monday, May 5, the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee held a public hearing on House Bill 2126.  While there was no vote at this hearing, action is expected on this bill this Monday, May 12.  HB 2126 would expand Missouri Castle Doctrine law by specifying that an individual, who is occupying the private property under the authority of the property owner, shall be permitted to use deadly force in certain situations.  Using the contact information provided below, please call and e-mail members of the Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee and respectfully urge them to SUPPORT HB 2126.

Senate Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence Committee:

Senator Bob Dixon (R-30), Chairman
(573) 751-2583
E-mail
 
Senator Ed Emery (R-31), Vice-Chairman
(573) 751-2108
E-mail
 
Senator Rob Schaaf (R-34)
(573) 751-2183
E-mail
 
Senator Kurt Schaefer (R-19)
(573) 751-3931
E-mail
 
Senator Eric Schmitt (R-15)
(573) 751-2853
Eschmitt@senate.mo.gov
 
Senator Jolie Justus (D-10)
(573) 751-2788
E-mail
 
Senator Joseph Keaveny (D-4)
(573) 751-3599
E-mail

  

As previously reported, two pro-gun bills, Senate Bill 745 and Senate Bill 656, are currently awaiting action in the Missouri House of Representatives.  Sponsored by state Senator Brian Munzlinger (R-18) and being handled in the House by state Representative Jay Houghton (R-43), SB 745 includes improved right to carry language and technical corrections related to the 2013 transition of the concealed carry permit issuance process to the sheriffs.  This language is a much-needed improvement in finalizing the transfer of the concealed permit process to the sheriffs.  As you may recall, the permitting process was transferred to sheriffs last year after it was reported that the state Department of Revenue had shared personal information of Missouri permit holders.

Multiple pro-gun amendments have been added to SB 745.  Those amendments include language that would modify the current concealed carry training requirement, which requires an individual to shoot both a revolver and a semi-automatic pistol, and would instead allow someone to shoot only one firearm rather than both firearms.  Other provision states that there shall be no more than forty students per qualified firearms safety instructor during the classroom portion of a firearms safety training course.  Current Missouri law only allows forty students per classroom, regardless of whether or not there is more than one instructor present.

Also SB 656 is also pending action in the state House.  Sponsored by state Senator Will Kraus (R-8) and being handled by state Representative Kevin Elmer (R-139), SB 656 includes multiple pro-gun reforms. SB 656 addresses the following issues:

  • Allows the open carry of firearms in all localities with a permit.  Some localities currently have ordinances that ban the open carrying of firearms, even those with a valid carry permit.
  • Allows a school district to designate a teacher or administrator to qualify as a school protection officer and carry a firearm on school property with the proper training.
  • States that no law shall require health care professionals to inquire about a patient’s ownership or possession of firearms and prohibits the documentation of such information into a database.
  • Lowers the age from 21 to 19 for those wishing to apply for a concealed carry permit.
  • Allows someone to qualify for a concealed carry permit using a revolver or semi-automatic pistol, rather than having to qualify with each firearm.
  • Requires one instructor for every forty people for the classroom portion of a firearms safety training course.  Current law allows only forty people per classroom regardless of the number of instructors present.
  • Specifies that no public housing authority shall prohibit a lessee or a member of the lessee’s immediate household or guest from personally possessing firearms within an individual residence, common areas, or from carrying or transporting firearms to and from such residence in a manner allowed by law.

SB 745 and SB 656 could come to the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives at any time.  Please contact your state Representative today and respectfully urge him or her to vote “YES” on SB 745 and SB 656.  Contact information for your state Representative can be found here.

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