A Missouri state senator has introduced legislation that would make it illegal for his colleagues to propose gun safety laws.
The Springfield News-Leader reported on Monday that state Rep. Mike Leara’s (R) proposal, HB 633, would make any lawmaker who introduces legislation that “further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States” guilty of a Class D felony.
“I filed HB 633 as a matter of principle and as a statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians,” Leara said in a statement to Talking Points Memo on Tuesday. “I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
Leara introduced his proposal less than a week after the introduction of two gun-control bills: HB187, which would require all firearm sales go through a licensed dealer, and HB 545, a ban on assault weapons.
State Rep. Stacey Newman (D) made fun of Leara’s proposal on Twitter on Monday, writing, “Counting on you all visiting me in prison re my background ck bill. Not @TheOnion (sic)”
Missouri state law stipulates that Class D felonies are punishable with a jail term of up to four years, though judges have the ability to impose a “special term” of a year or less.
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