Loaded For Bear

This bill just passed in Missouri:

SCS/SJR 36 – This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, modifies provisions regarding the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment provides that a citizen has the right to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of their family, in addition to the current rights in defense of home, person and property. The amendment removes language stating that the right to keep and bear arms did not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.

The amendment provides that the rights guaranteed under this provision of the Constitution are unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny. The State of Missouri is obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to prevent the passage of laws by the General Assembly that limit such rights for convicted violent felons or persons adjudged to be a danger to self or others as the result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.

“The amendment provides that the rights guaranteed under this provision of the Constitution are unalienable… The State of Missouri is obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement.”

It will be interesting to see what happens when this collides with further gun-rights restrictions imposed by Washington, should that come to pass.

2 Comments

  1. Bill says

    I am already reading items of states implementing nullification with respect to firearms. If this passes overwhelmingly, expect MO to attempt nullification.

    Posted August 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
  2. JK says

    Another amendment to pass was the so called “Gun Rights” bill, Amendment 5. It passed statewide with a solid 60 percent approval rating. It sets the stage for what supporters call gun control nullification, wherein federal gun laws will be much more difficult to enforce because it is now stated within the state constitution that the state will be obligated to uphold the rights of gun owners and “under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement.” This most likely will set up a slew of court challenges if the federal government attempts to control any aspect of gun or ammunition control. In Oregon County, voters overwhelmingly approved the measure with a 72 percent vote.

    (One of the two Missouri counties adjoining my Arkansas county. And I have friends in each. Howell County’s where I buy beer “and essentials otherwise” – Oregon County for fuel and to drop off flash-drives at the Sheriff’s Office.

    And ne’er the twain shall meet.)

    Posted August 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm | Permalink

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