Missouri Republican proposes fix to felon gun rights problem

2 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Monday, March 23 2015 Mar 23, 2015 Monday, March 23, 2015 9:16:45 AM CDT March 23, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A Missouri Republican lawmaker said a legislative fix is needed to ensure the state's prohibition on felons carrying guns won't be thrown out.

Rep. Kevin Austin, of Springfield, said the Legislature should move quickly to remedy a problem created by a court ruling involving Amendment 5, which expanded Missouri's constitutional protections for gun rights.

The measure also gave legislators the ability to limit gun rights for "convicted violent felons."

A St. Louis judge said in a ruling last month, which was challenged, that Missouri's law barring all felons from possessing guns was unconstitutional because it was too broad.

Austin sponsored a bill that would define the list of crimes included as a "violent felony." He said that could ensure guns remain banned for at least some felons.

 

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