Some news out of Missouri about an attempt to amend the state’s constitution to force people of the state to have background checks on all firearms transfers. Before you run to facebook and post the news all over the place keep in mind there is more chance I flap my arms hard enough to fly to the moon than there is of this passing. That doesn’t mean you should yawn and go back to sleep if you live in the state though.
Missouri State Representative Peter Meredith introduced House Joint Resolution 91 that would amend the Missouri state constitution to require a background check for all firearm transfers, as well as requiring a permit to carry a concealed firearm. If this resolution were to pass the state legislature it would appear on the November ballot and require a majority of Missouri voters approval. HJR 91 is awaiting a committee referral.
In Missouri, under current law, introducing colleagues, friends and family to shooting sports is simple and hassle-free. Private firearm transfers do not require a background check in Missouri. Also, anyone 19 and older can carry a concealed firearm without a permit.
Amending the Missouri State Constitution to require background checks and concealed carry permits would be unprecedented in any state, but especially a state with firearm transfer laws that in their current form are among the most notable in the U.S. for upholding citizen rights.
“The author’s proposed constitutional amendment is not only radical, but also a truly dangerous infringement on the inalienable rights of Missourians,” said Jacob Hupp, associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance.
EFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) – Lawmakers in the Missouri Senate and House have proposed to create an Act to regulate its own firearm laws.
The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” under SB 367 would repeal section of the Missouri Revisor of Statutes to enact nine new sections to the right to bear arms.
By repealing section 1.320, some federal laws under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution would be declared invalid. This would allow the State of Missouri to act as its own agent in enforcing firearm laws and void laws passed on a federal level.
Some laws declared invalid under the act proposed in Missouri include: certain registration and tracking laws, certain prohibitions on the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a specific type of firearm, and confiscation orders.
State Senator Eric Burlison is the sponsor of SB 367.
Den. Burlison represents District 20 in Christian and part of Greene County.