Four bills introduced in Missouri that would have negatively impacted sportsmen have died. The Sportsmen’s Alliance and our Missouri members began the fight to defeat these bills in January and are extremely happy that all four did not make it through the legislature before adjournment.
HB 1261, introduced by Missouri State Representative Richard Brown, sought to repeal existing law that prevents individual towns from regulating firearms and, potentially, more strictly than state law. Creating a patchwork of individual laws from town to town would cause statewide confusion for sportsmen and likely result in firearm violations, especially when traveling to hunt or a sporting event.
Missouri State Representative Peter Meredith introduced House Joint Resolution 91 that would have amended the Missouri state constitution to require a background check for all firearm transfers, as well as requiring a permit to carry a concealed firearm. If the resolution would have passed the state legislature, it would have appeared on the November ballot.
Finally, two identical bills that would have required universal background checks completed by federally licensed dealers for all firearm transfers were introduced in the Missouri House by State Representative Ashley Bland Manlove and State Representative Greg Razer. House Bill 1529 and House Bill 1676 would even have required two sportsmen to use a licensed firearm dealer and undergo the background-check process to temporarily loan a firearm for hunting purposes or even simply handing their gun to someone momentarily while in the field.
“We are pleased to see the Missouri legislature’s continued commitment to protecting the rights of sportsmen and women in the state,” said Jacob Hupp associate director of state services at the Sportsmen’s Alliance. “Our voices were heard at the beginning of this legislative process and these overreaching statutes were never approved by a single committee.”
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