With gun deaths climbing, Missouri lawmakers push to loosen firearm restrictions

With gun deaths climbing, Missouri lawmakers push to loosen firearm restrictions

Missouri Independent While Missouri continues to struggle with one of the highest rates of gun deaths in the country, Republican lawmakers are advancing a litany of bills aimed at further loosening the state’s gun laws. One proposal would allow guns on college campuses, while another would ban churches from prohibiting guns in places of worship. Others aim to keep local authorities from banning guns on public transit and property owners from banning guns in parked cars. But the legislation drawing the most attention, and scrutiny from law enforcement, is the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” The bill, which has already been approved by the Missouri House, would deem federal gun laws to be infringements on Missourians’ right to bear arms and restrict local law enforcement agencies from collaborating with federal agents on certain crime-fighting efforts. Earlier this month, legislators heard opposition from business leaders and police who said the bills will not help cities decrease the rising murders and violent crime. Both St. Louis and Kansas City broke homicide records in 2020, with no sign of slowing this year. “The more people who are armed, the higher potential for criminal activity and tragic, fatal accidents,” said St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell. “These bills are dangerous and take us in the wrong direction. We’re not going to decrease crime and keep our communities safer with more guns in more hands.” Missouri had the nation’s six highest gun-related death rate in 2019, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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