Posted: Feb 19, 2013 5:26 PM by Garrett Bergquist
Updated: Feb 19, 2013 5:29 PM
JEFFERSON CITY - Amid heated arguments over multiple firearms-related proposals in the senate Tuesday, one proposal drew little committee debate.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, would add language to Missouri's existing constitutional language on the right to keep and bear arms which would declare the right inalienable and requires the state to protect it under any circumstances. Schaefer said in a committee hearing Tuesday afternoon it is vital to put this language on the ballot in light of a bill filed by Rep. Rory Ellinger, D-University City that would require all Missourians owning military-style weapons to turn them in.
At least one senate Democrat said she could get behind the measure. Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, told KOMU 8 News Schaefer's proposal reinforces existing laws protecting gun rights and as such would change very little.
"We need to make sure that we do all we can to enforce it," she said.