Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.
"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."
Missouri lawmakers have given final approval to legislation that could allow specially trained teachers and other school personnel to carry concealed weapons.
Supporters say the measure would protect schools from intruders, but opponents say it could compromise safety by having firearms in classrooms.
The bill sent to Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday would also lower the minimum age required to get a concealed weapons permit to 19 from 21. The House voted 111-28 in favor of the bill. It cleared the Senate a day earlier.
Missouri concealed weapons permit holders can now take their guns with them to Wisconsin.
Attorney General Chris Koster announced the two states had reached a reciprocity agreement when it comes to concealed weapons.
He says a new law requiring permit holders to undergo national background check upon renewal paved the way for the agreement. The same legislation also changed Missouri's gun permit to not include a photo of the holder.
A Missouri Senate leader has put forth a new, pared-back proposal dealing with the enforcement of federal gun control laws.
Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard released a draft Thursday of proposed legislation for the 2014 session seeking to nullify federal gun control laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights.
The new proposal comes about six weeks after Richard and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey voted against an attempted veto override of a bill addressing the same subject because of concerns about its constitutionality.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.
According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate. Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has signed legislation allowing state employees to keep guns in their vehicles, while they are on property owned or leased by the state.
The bill also allows fire chiefs with concealed-gun permits and special approval to carry weapons on the job. And it bars governments from running gun-buyback programs unless those guns are later offered for sale or trade to licensed firearm dealers.
Nixon vetoed Friday a bill that would make some federal gun control laws void in Missouri.
The Missouri Legislature has sent Gov. Jay Nixon a bill that would nullify federal gun control laws and allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons.
The measure passed 116-38 by the House on Wednesday would declare all federal laws regulating guns to be unenforceable within Missouri's borders.
The legislation would also allow guns less than 16 inches to be openly carried even in localities that have ordinances prohibiting open-carry. It would also lower the minimum age required to obtain a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19.
A Missouri House committee has advanced a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting gun rights.
The amendment approved on Tuesday would define the right to bear arms as "unalienable" and require the state to defend against any "infringement" of that right. It would also include defending one's "family" with a firearm as a guaranteed constitutional right.
Sponsoring Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia, says the legislation would protect against proposed gun control laws at the state and federal level.
This one's a fun one. The Missouri State Senate grilled the Department of Revenue over whether the state agency (which oversees the DMV) made copies of Concealed Carry Licenses and sent them to the federal government. What started as a kind of weird, bureaucratic witch hunt became a lot more interesting--turns out they actually did it! But why would the DMV send these documents to the higher ups. And is it as illegal as it sounds?
Missouri House Democrat's plan would send colleagues to prison for proposing legislation limiting collective bargaining rights.
Representative Jeff Roorda of Barnhart introduced the bill Friday in response to a Republican House member's proposal to jail lawmakers for introducing gun control measures.Roorda says he was "inspired" by the GOP approach to protecting gun rights and he wants to do the same for unions. Representative Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, is sponsoring the bill banning gun-control legislation.
President Obama will speak to the nation with the annual State of the Union address Tuesday night. Columbia citizens voiced their expectations for the address, commenting on Obama’s previous term and what expectations they had for the next four years. Some were hopeful, while others were more disgruntled.
In the wake of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Missouri lawmakers will have competing gun proposals when they convene next month for the 2013 regular session. They include one that would require background checks for anyone who buys a firearm at gun shows.