Lawsuit: Missouri Lawmakers Would Redo Gun Measure

4 years 11 months 1 day ago Tuesday, June 24 2014 Jun 24, 2014 Tuesday, June 24, 2014 3:43:38 AM CDT June 24, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - New arguments are being raised against a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment that would enhance the right to bear arms.

A legal challenge has claimed the summary approved by the Legislature for the Aug. 5 ballot measure is insufficient and unfair. Last week, an attorney for those challenging the measure asked a Cole County judge to rewrite the summary.

But now, attorney Chuck Hatfield has revised that request to instead ask the judge to send the measure back to the Legislature for a new summary. He contends it would violate the constitution's separation of powers for a judge to rewrite a legislative measure.

Hatfield is representing a gun-control activist and the St. Louis police chief.

Referring the measure back to lawmakers could knock it off the ballot, because they aren't in session.

 

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