BREAKING: Missouri Lawmakers Pass Bill to Amend State Constitution to Strengthen Gun Rights

May 7 2014
by GSL Staff
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Missouri Capitol

The Missouri legislature has overwhelmingly passed a bill that will place a state constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

The measure will further clarify and strengthen gun rights in the state.

According to the NRA-ILA,

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.

The measure passed the House by a vote of 122-31 yesterday and passed the Senate with a vote of 23-8 today.

Proponents of the bill say it will force courts to hold gun rights in a higher regard than they currently do.

The Missouri legislature is also considering several other bills, including one that would nullify federal gun control laws in the state. The legality of such a bill has been hotly debated.

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