House Bill Seeks To Apply Abortion Restrictions To Gun Purchases

Samantha Kilgore

A new bill in Missouri, House Bill 1397, seeks to apply the same restrictions the state's legislature has placed upon women seeking to get an abortion on anyone seeking to purchase a gun. The state of Missouri has some of the strictest requirements on abortion in the United States, including a 72-hour waiting period as well as mandatory counselling directed by the state itself.

The new bill has been put forth and has been pre-filed for the 2016 session by State Representative Stacey Newman.

Newman is, admittedly, something of an anomaly within the ultra-Conservative Missouri state legislature, and is often subjected to "jeers, sneers, and outright insults" by her Republican colleagues. And, knowing this, HB 1397 is doomed for failure -- but Newman never expected it to be a success.

Instead, Newman wants to make a point. If, as Newman says, Missouri cares about "all life," then Missouri must act in accordance -- and that means passing gun laws similar to the laws regarding abortion.

"If we truly insist that Missouri cares about 'all life', then we must take immediate steps to address our major cities rising rates of gun violence. Popular proposals among voters, including universal background checks and restricting weapons from abuser and convicted felons, are consistently ignored each session. Since restrictive policies regarding a constitutionally protected medical procedure are the GOP's legislative priority each year, it makes sense that their same restrictions apply to those who may commit gun violence. Our city mayors and law enforcement drastically need help in saving lives."

The following are the guidelines those who seek to purchase guns would have to follow if HR 1397 were to pass.

[Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images]