Friday, March 18, 2011

Missouri House passes six gun bills

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (MISSOURI DIGITAL NEWS) - Pro-gun sentiments surrounded Missouri's House as they passed six bills relaxing regulations on firearms.

Lawmakers approved a package of gun bills after more than an hour of debate. Most of the debate focused on a plan to lower the legal age to carry a concealed weapon from 23 to 21.

Cass County Republican Representative Rick Brattin says it's important to protect the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Missourians.

"It is our responsibility as legislators to make sure that the people have that right and the ability to access arms," Brattin says.

The bill also allows legislative staff members to carry concealed firearms in the statehouse. Elected officials already have this right.

Callaway County Republican Representative Jeannie Riddle sponsored the bill. She says staff members should have the same rights as the lawmakers they work for.

"This bill deals with law abiding citizens to protect their God-given, constitution-guaranteed right," Riddle says.

The Capitol has no security in place to enforce any type of weapons ban.

Helena Kooi, Missouri Digital News


Oh boy, God-given right to go packin in the statehouse. I guess that would not have helped the Kirkwood council members including the Major of Kirkwood that perished.

I abide by the law. If a law officer ever enters my home with a gun and I have not requested it, then that officer must leave or leave the firearm in the car. I do not allow any firearms on my property. If they want to talk to me, then it will be on the street. That is my law.

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