The Missouri chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statement following the close of Missouri’s legislative session, during which lawmakers passed a set of dangerous bills to nullify federal gun laws and undermine police accountability. Despite all of the chapter’s work, Missouri lawmakers still pushed through dangerous gun bills this session:
HB 85, dangerous legislation that will attempt to nullify federal public safety laws in Missouri as well as prohibit state and local law enforcement officers from assisting in the enforcement of those laws— including laws which help keep guns out of the hands of convicted felons, domestic abusers, and others with dangerous histories.Lawmakers voted no on an amendment to HB 85 to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, despite the bill making it harder to enforce federal domestic violence laws that protect families and communities.
SB 26, a dangerous and extreme bill to discourage investigations into police misconduct by imposing arbitrary restrictions on misconduct investigations, undermining transparency and police accountability and even subjecting local governments and law enforcement agencies to the threat of lawsuits and associated costs.
Despite passing HB 85 and SB 26, lawmakers rejected other efforts to weaken Missouri gun laws, defeating:
HB 86, legislation that would force colleges and universities to allow people to carry hidden, loaded handguns on their campuses; allow civilians to carry concealed handguns in elementary, middle and high schools, bars, daycare centers, and other sensitive locations throughout the state; and encroach on Missourians’ rights by allowing handguns on private property even if the owner has posted a “no guns allowed” sign.
SB 528, which would establish an all-volunteer armed militia in the state called “the Minutemen.”