The legislation was filed on Monday and immediately sparked uproar on social media sites. Leara assured that the bill probably has no chance of actually passing.
Instead, Leara stated that the bill is just to spark debate about gun rights, reports St. Joe Channel. Leara stated:
“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.”
KSDK notes that the legislation would make members of the Legislature guilty of a felony if they so much as file a bill restricting gun rights. If they are convicted, the lawmaker would ace a maximum of four years in prison.
Leara’s is not the first bill addressing gun control in Mississippi. Several strident gun proposals have been introduced in the last month. Leara’s move comes after a Democratic lawmaker introduced a bill to ban all assault weapons.
The assault weapons ban was introduced by State Rep. Rory Ellinger. It would also require citizens who own automatic weapons to move the guns out of the state or surrender them to law enforcement.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon stated last week that his office will continue to focus on mental health services expansion. Nixon believes the problem to be the root of gun violence.
Do you think the Missouri bill to ban all gun control legislation is a necessary step?
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