Despite House leader’s push, state has no interest in buying a gun range in St. Louis

Despite House leader’s push, state has no interest in buying a gun range in St. Louis

A man fires a handgun at an Imperial shooting range in this file image. Photo by Erik M. Lunsford, elunsford@post-dispatch.com JEFFERSON CITY — A fight may be brewing over a legislative leader’s bid to get money in the state budget to buy a shooting range in the St. Louis region. Not only are Senate budget writers opposed to the purchase, but the state agency that would operate the facility isn’t interested in purchasing another range. At issue is a provision placed in the House version of the state budget by House Speaker Pro Tem John Wiemann , R-O’Fallon. During action on the House budget proposal last month, Wiemann authored a last-minute amendment to earmark $15 million to the Missouri Department of Conservation to buy a gun club. The legislation calls for the purchase “to preserve practical application of Second Amendment rights.” Wiemann, who has previously sponsored pro-gun legislation , told the Post-Dispatch he is aware that at least one privately owned shooting range might be for sale in St. Louis County.

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