Missouri State Reps. Rory Ellinger, Jill Schupp Want to Ban Assault Weapons

| by Michael Allen

Missouri State Reps. Rory Ellinger and Jill Schupp (both Democrats) have introduced House Bill 545, which would ban the possession, sale, transfer or manufacture of assault weapons (semi-automatic rifles) and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds.

According to House.mo.gov, the proposed bill reads:

    4. Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:

    (1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;

    (2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or

    (3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.

    5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.

Missouri’s proposed law is similar to one recently passed in New York, which reads: “If you own a large capacity magazine greater than 10 round capacity that was a grandfathered magazine as a result of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapon Ban, within a year, you must do one of the following: dispose of it to another person outside New York State, surrender it to law enforcement officials, or permanently alter such to only accept 7 rounds.”

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) is also trying to ban assault weapons and large magazines, which is supported by the Obama administration.

Source: House.mo.gov