The landmark Second Amendment court cases—Heller and McDonald – were decided by a ONE VOTE majority: four U.S. Supreme Court Justices disagreed that the Second Amendment protects our fundamental individual right to keep and bear arms. Since then, lower court judges have worked steadily to restrict the scope of the Heller and McDonald decisions, eroding the right to keep and bear arms and creating roadmaps for the future destruction of our rights.
The proposed language in Missouri’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms Amendment will send a message nationwide that Missouri will not tolerate infringements on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
YES. Missouri is on the verge of passing the strongest level of protection for the right to keep and bear arms. Make no mistake: this amendment will strengthen Missouri’s current constitutional right to keep and bear arms to provide one of the strongest state protections in the country.
This language will provide the strongest state protection for our right to keep and bear arms. It reads:
That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.
Simply put, strict scrutiny is the highest standard of judicial review. Those who believe in the strongest possible protection for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms should enthusiastically vote YES on Constitutional Amendment 5.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.