gun rights

St. Louis on the Air
3:20 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Are Missouri's Proposed Amendments Necessary?

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Two proposed amendments to Missouri's Constitution will appear on August's ballot, and they are raising questions among law enforcement officials, lawmakers and voters. 

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Primary Election 2014
9:18 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Amendment 5 Would Expand Gun Rights In Missouri

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Amendment 5, a proposed Missouri constitutional amendment on the Aug. 5 ballot, seeks to protect further the right to bear arms.

"It's going to strengthen the protection that the right to keep and bear arms under the Missouri constitution," said Allen Rostron, a constitutional law professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. "Everybody is familiar with the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, of course, but there's also a provision in the Missouri state Constitution that guarantees a right to keep and bear arms, and this is designed to strengthen that right."

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St. Louis on the Air
2:24 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Legal Roundtable: The Gun Bill And The Veto Session, Connor's Non-Compete, Pujols Libel Case, Etc.

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During next week's veto session, Missouri legislators will likely attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the gun bill (H.B. 463), called the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has announced that he agrees with Nixon's override, stating that the bill violates the Supremacy Clause of the constitution. If put into law, the bill would conflict with federal gun laws.

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Gun Laws
11:28 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Nixon Vetoes Bill That Blocked Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws, Jones Says He'll Vote To Override

Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have blocked the enforcement of federal gun laws in Missouri.
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Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have blocked Missouri officials from enforcing federal gun laws, saying it would violate the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution.

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Politics / Guns
1:03 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Ill. House Approves Plan To Allow Public Concealed Carry Of Guns

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Will be updated.

The Illinois House has approved a plan to allow qualified gun owners to carry their weapons in public.

The proposal adopted Friday was brokered by House Speaker Michael Madigan, but it's opposed by several of his fellow Democrats, including the governor.

Gov. Pat Quinn's office has called the plan a "massive overreach" because it would wipe out all local gun regulations, including Chicago's ban on assault-style weapons. That's a deal-breaker for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who backs tough restrictions to curb the city's gun violence.

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Gun Ownership
11:18 am
Mon May 13, 2013

A Younger Look At The Gun Debate

A.J. Chetta fires a Glock at the Jay Henges Shooting Range in St. Louis.
Credit Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio

Few things are more polarizing in American culture than guns. There is no scarcity of opinions on the issue, but a voice that we have perhaps not heard is that of a younger generation, specifically those who are 18 to 29 years old. They fall under the millennial generation, and will make up the future of gun ownership. So, what do they think? St. Louis Public Radio’s Sean Sandefur reports.

Guns Evoke Many Emotions

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Ill. Gun Laws
10:24 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Facing June Deadline, Ill. No Closer To Concealed Carry Law

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Groups on both sides of the concealed carry debate in Illinois say the state is no closer to crafting a court-ordered law than they were the first day of this legislative session.

Richard Pearson is executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association. He says lawmakers are sidelining the plan by bypassing the usual committee process:

"We've had committee meetings from one end of the state to the other, and out of this we have gotten nothing," Pearson said.

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2nd Amendment
10:00 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Missouri May Expand 'Right To Bear Arms'

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 (Updated story)


A Missouri Senate Committee has unanimously passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would expand the State Constitution’s right to bear arms.

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