Could this be the year Missouri fixes its domestic violence gun loophole?

Could this be the year Missouri fixes its domestic violence gun loophole?

It was promised to be an easy fix. The Missouri Legislature , in its haste to push through legislation expanding concealed carry in the state in 2016, accidentally stripped language from state statute preventing individuals convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor or the respondent of a full order of protection from possessing a firearm. Lawmakers at the time vowed to come back the next year and add those protections — already enshrined at the federal level — back into state law. But it never happened. This year with a Republican handler, however, proponents are cautiously optimistic. HB 473 is carried by GOP Rep. Ron Hicks, passed unanimously out of the conservative House General Laws Committee, and is supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA). The bill would allow a court to prohibit an individual from possessing or purchasing a gun while a full order of protection is in effect following a hearing or after a conviction of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense. The Missouri State Highway Patrol would alert the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the federal database used by firearm sellers, following a conviction or implementation of the full protection order. “We’re not rewriting law or reinventing the wheel or anything like that. This law already existed,” Hicks, from St. Charles County, told The Missouri Times. “You’re a criminal at this point when they take your firearms from you. … This is about protections. This isn’t about the Second Amendment. This isn’t about taking guns away […]

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