Today 3 United States Republican Senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, threaten to filibuster any legislation that would violate the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans. This is in response to a national push to enact more restrictions to the 2nd Amendment. In Missouri Legislature seems interested in advancing 2nd Amendment rights.
Last Legislature secession, the Missouri Legislature and Governor Nixon signed in to law that lower the age limit for concealed carry from 21 to 18 for active duty military personal. This legislature secession the Legislature are advancing HB 533 that would allow state employees to have firearms in their cars while parked in state parking lots.
HB 436, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act will prevent the state from enforcing any laws, federal or state, that would infringe on gun owners rights.
SJR 14 will modify the state constitution to protect conceal carry. Article 1 sec 23 reads:
That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.
In Brooks v. Missouri 2004, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution does not prevent carrying weapons outside of ones home but protects ownership.
…But it means simply that the constitutional right does not extend to the carrying of concealed weapons, not that citizens are prohibited from doing so…
SJR 14 will remove but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons and insert The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. The state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement.
In 1999, Missouri voters voted down a proposal to allow concealed carry. In 2003, the Missouri legislature passed concealed carry legislation allowing citizens to conceal carry. SJR 14 would have to be passed by voters in order to become law.
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