A new bill is in the works and is set to unveil on Friday for the states
of Missouri and Kansas. The collaboration of two different states on the
bill occurs infrequently; not only that, the representatives from each
state are on opposite ends of the political spectrum. Missouri's representative,
Stacey Newman, is a Democrat and Kansas' representative, Barbara Bollier,
is a Republican, a compromise across party lines that can make this bill's
passage so significant.
Provisions of the New Anti-Gun Bill
For years, the gun laws have maintained that those who are convicted of
felonies from purchasing. However, this law does nothing to limit those
who already have guns in their home. The proposed bill restricts those
who were charged with stalking or other
domestic violence issues from not only purchasing a firearm but also from keeping the gun
in their home. Furthermore, these individuals will be ordered to dispose
of any guns that already own.
These new gun laws are meant to provide the following:
- More safety for women and families
- Keep guns out of the homes of convicted offenders
- Prevent the mentally unfit from causing harm with a gun
The second part of the bill allows family members as well as law enforcement
to initiate a temporary restraining order against those who are suffering
from a mental illness or are otherwise "in crisis" to keep them
from buying and owning a firearm. The makings of this portion of the bill
began in the aftermath of the apartments shootings that took place last
year by the University of California Santa Barbara campus.
Promoting the Bill in Pro-Gun States
Many in Kansas, and Missouri in particular, have communities that are forthright
about their advocacy for the right to bear arms. Some argue that this
the bill is yet another in a series of proposed legislation meant to strip
citizens of this right. Other state political officials have little faith
that the bill will be passed. That is why Rep. Bollier and Rep. Newman
created the organization, American State Legislators for Gun Violence
Prevention, to help promote their and gain support from other states.
Thoughts on this from our attorney: ""If you are charged with
a crime in the state of Missouri, and you own a firearm, you need to know
your gun rights and how they will be affected by a criminal arrest, charge
or conviction. We are very knowledgeable about gun owners' rights
and how they are negatively impacted by criminal arrests, charges, and
convictions. As an airline pilot, Mr. Hammer was a Federal Flight Desk
Officer with the Department of Homeland Security for many years and is
very experienced in this practice area."
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