One Missouri State Representative wants so badly to protect his constituents’ right to bear arms that he’s trying to take away his colleagues’ rights to pass bills. Republican State Rep. Mike Leara, who represents St. Louis county, has submitted a piece of legislation that would make it a felony for lawmakers to simply propose legislation that would restrict Second Amendment rights.
The bill can be found on the Missouri House of Representatives website, as seen below, and reads: “Specifies that any member of the general assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual’s right to bear arms will be guilty of a class D felony.”
Leara’s bill comes after multiple gun control proposals from Democratic lawmakers in Missouri, including one from Rep. Rory Ellinger that would ban assault weapons in the state and another from Rep. Stacey Newman that would require all gun purchases to go through a licensed firearms dealer.
Reporter Jason Hancock from The Kansas City Star spoke to Leara, who reportedly said he has “no illusion” that the bill will pass but was attempting to make a point about his dedication to gun rights. Point taken, Mr. Leara.
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