Missouri is not taking gun control measures lightly, as one representative recently created a bill that would make it a felony to even propose bills concerning the control of guns.
State Rep. Mike Leara, a Republican, introduced the bill, which would make any person of the general assembly a felon if he or she submitted legislation with the hopes of controlling guns. It would be a Class D felony under the bill known as HB 633.
Class D felonies can mean up to four years in prison.
Though this bill sounds extreme, a similarly shocking bill was proposed by Democrats last week. The gun control bill proposed by Missouri Democrats would give gun owners 90 days to return their firearms, but would charge them with felonies if they did not return their weapons within the specified time frame.
While both sides proposed surprising bills, Leara thinks the anti-gun control bill will likely pass. He said he first introduced the bill to make a point, but it quickly gained fans.
“[The Democratic bill is] outrageous,” he said. “I have received an overwhelming response about 100 to 1 to stop this legislation. I filed HB 633 as a matter of principle and as a statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians. I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
If the Democratic bill is passed, it would result in Missouri having the strictest gun laws in the nation.
The details about the bill, which were posted on the Missouri House of Representatives website, indicate that the ultimate goal is to remove all assault weapons and large capacity magazines from the state. Weapons would need to be made permanently inoperable by owners or returned to law enforcement for destruction.
According to Leara, the Democratic bill is in the Missouri House speaker’s office and waiting to be assigned to a committee.