gun control

Politics
5:10 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Missouri lawmakers pass gun rights legislation

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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.

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Politics
8:49 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Missouri Senate Sends Gun Control Nullification Bill to Mo. House; House Version Passes Committee

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Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 4:40 pm

Without one word of debate, the Missouri Senate Thursday passed legislation to nullify federal gun-control laws in Missouri.

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Politics
8:57 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Mo. Senate endorses gun constitutional amendment

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Missouri senators have given preliminary approval to a proposed amendment to the state's constitution that would increase protections for gun owners.

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Politics
8:49 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Missouri Senate Strips Gun Theft Reporting Amendment From Nullification Bill

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Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 10:03 am

The Missouri Senate has stripped an amendment from the gun-control nullification bill that would have required an individual to report a stolen gun within 72 hours.

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Politics
8:03 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Mo. Senate panel backs gun law nullification bill

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A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing federal gun control laws in the state.

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Politics
9:13 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Mo. Senate panel considering gun law nullification

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Supporters of legislation that would nullify federal gun laws in Missouri say the measure is necessary to protect the rights of gun owners.

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Crime
7:53 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Missouri, Wisconsin create reciprocity agreement on guns

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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.

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Politics
4:50 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Mo. Senate leader releases new gun legislation

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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.

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Politics
7:47 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September

Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:05 pm

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.

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Politics
4:25 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Nixon signs bill allowing state employees to keep guns in vehicles

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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. 

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Politics
7:30 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Nixon weighs gun legislation

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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is deciding whether to sign recently passed legislation that would bolster gun rights.

The legislature approved measures that would tackle federal gun laws, allow certain trained school personnel to carry a concealed weapon and change the process for issuing concealed gun permits.

Nixon has until mid-July to sign the bills, veto them or allow them to take effect without his signature.

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Politics
8:38 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Mo. bill would nullify federal gun control laws

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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.

Politics
8:48 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Mo. House panel advances gun rights amendment

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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.

CoMo Explained
5:25 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Why the Missouri legislature is at war with the DMV

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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?

CoMo Explained breaks it down in the podcast:  

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Intersection
6:14 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

How to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill

Watch the show and join the conversation on the Intersection website.

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Politics
10:03 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Mo. House Dem proposes ban on anti-union measures

Rep. Rick Brattin's bill would require lawmakers to take drug testing during session.
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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.

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Politics
3:41 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

What folks in Columbia want to hear in the State of the Union address

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An audio postcard on the State of the Union

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.

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Politics
8:12 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Closing the 'gun show loophole': Mo. legislators put guns on the agenda

Missouri State House member Stacey Newman, a Democrat, plans to file legislation that would close a so-called
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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. 

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Politics
4:59 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Missouri lawmakers propose allowing some teachers to carry guns

The Missouri House approved legislation changing the way school districts handle teacher layoffs.
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Hear Marshall Griffin's newscast report on the proposal to allow some teachers to carry firearms:

More than two dozen Missouri lawmakers are backing legislation that would allow teachers and administrators with concealed gun permits to carry weapons in schools.

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Politics
9:02 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Mo. House OKs proposed amendment to state gun laws

State House members have approved a proposed amendment to the Missouri Constitution guaranteeing the right to own and manufacture ammunition.

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