The Missouri legislature has passed a bill protecting the gun rights of legal marijuana patients

The Missouri legislature has passed a bill protecting the gun rights of legal marijuana patients

An overlooked part of Missouri law has finally clarified gun rights for Missourians who use medical marijuana legally in the state. On May 14, 2021, the Missouri state legislature Truly Agreed and Finally Passed the combined language of HOUSE BILL NOS. 85 & 310, the Second Amendment Protection Act . On May 25 the bill was signed by House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, and President Pro Tem Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, and was delivered to Gov. Parson to await his signature. Originally introduced by state Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Republic, and co-sponsored by 76 other Republican state representatives, the legislation is designed to protect the rights of “law-abiding” Missourians to keep and bear arms. It is worth noting that Taylor is also chairman of the House Oversight Committee. The legislation restricts Missouri’s public officers, employees, and agencies from enforcing or attempting to enforce any federal regulation that would infringe on a Missourian’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms. View the Second Amendment Protection Act in full below. Medical Marijuana Patients For Missourians who participate in the state’s constitutionally protected medical marijuana program, key language of the law could offer clarification of protections that Missourians have long-awaited, and with those protections come predefined consequences for infringements against those rights. One of those key pieces of language is in the definition of the term “law-abiding,” as section 1.480.1 reads, “‘ law-abiding citizen’ shall mean a person who is not otherwise precluded under state law from possessing a firearm. ” For many Missourians, […]

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