Gun bill sponsor says new bill has been clarified, can pass Legislature
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Gun bill sponsor says new bill has been clarified, can pass Legislature

Date: October 31, 2013
By: Steven Anthony
State Capitol Bureau
Links: New draft legislation

After failing last session, Republican lawmakers are trying to pass a new gun bill that still nullifies federal laws
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Wrap: Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard says the new gun bill will be the first bill brought up in the 2014 legislative session.

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Description: "We will get a vote on it, and we will send it to the House. The reason I want to get it done early if there's a veto, is we're gonna move to override during session."

Back in September, Richard and Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey voted against overriding the gun rights bill veto, which would've nullified federal guns laws in Missouri.

The new bill is largely the same. It nullifies all past, present, and future federal gun laws that don't comply with Missouri's constitution. It also requires federal authorities to notify the county sheriff if a warrant is going to be served in that county.   

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.  

A St. Louis Democrat says new gun bill is unconstitutional and questions the bill sponsor's motives
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Wrap: The bill would seek to nullify all federal gun laws that don't comply with Missouri's constitution.

Rep. Stacey Newman says Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard has an ulterior motive in proposing a new gun rights bill.

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Description: "There's just so much recipe for disaster in this bill and it's not thought out. It's not designed to keep people safe. It's designed to sell weapons."

Joplin Republican Richard voted against the override of the previous gun rights bill in September, citing concerns about the criminalization of cooperation between state and federal law enforcement officials on gun-control issues.  

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Steven Anthony.

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