Missouri Bill Makes It A Felony For Lawmakers To Propose Gun Safety Legislation

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) proposed legislation making it a felony for lawmakers to so much as propose many bills regulating guns. Leara’s bill provides that “[a]ny member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, shall be guilty of a class D felony.”

There are many problems with this bill, not the least of which is the fact that the scope of the Second Amendment is very much in flux. Last week, the NRA announced it would launch of blizzard of litigation intended to expand gun rights while the courts are still controlled by very conservative judges. So a lawmaker who introduces legislation that is perfectly constitutional could conceivably find that their bill suddenly violates a new understanding of the Second Amendment after the NRA wins another lawsuit — and thus could suddenly be hit with felony charges.


    1. And I agree. A “well regulated militia” as an alternative to a professional standing peacetime army is necessary for a free state because a peacetime professional army can be used as a tool of oppression. The founders were clearly thinking of Cromwell’s New Model Army and how it was used as a tool of civil oppression and clearly preferred the semiprofessional regimental system Charles II brought back after the Stuarts were restored to the throne. William and Mary lamented this system’s inflexibility, but Queen Anne put it to good enough use in a major international conflict.

      So yeah, the 2nd Amendment is all about protection from tyrants, by assuring that they would not have a professional army.

      1. That “well-regulated militia” part doesn’t show up on nearly enough 2nd Amendment T-shirts. They do make room for that “right to be arms shall not be infringed” part, though. It’s like they have an aversion to doing the things a well-trained and organized reserve force would do to ensure they’re at least half-trained should they be drafted into active service.

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