PA Bill Number: HB2440
Title: Providing for the designation of shooting ranges, sportsman clubs, hunting facilities and business relating to the sale and production of firearms ...
Description: Providing for the designation of shooting ranges, sportsman clubs, hunting facilities and business relating to the sale and production of firear ...
Last Action: Veto No. 16
Last Action Date: Nov 25, 2020
Missouri Constitutional Amendment will Add New Protections to RKBA :: 08/03/2014
Insertion of the terms "unalienable" and "strict scrutiny" to the Missouri Constitution's section regarding weapons rights are what supporters of Amendment 5 point to as critical, while opponents call them mistakes that would hinder the state's ability to deal with gun crimes.
Amendment 5 will be one of five constitutional changes presented to voters on the Aug. 5 ballot. While both the U.S. Constitution and Missouri Constitution guaranteed the right to bear arms, the amendment would extend those rights to ammunition and accessories "typical to the normal function of such arms." It would also remove language that said those rights did not justify wearing concealed weapons.
Also, "The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as a result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity."
The Missourians Protecting the 2nd Amendment committee say the addition of terms like "strict scrutiny" and "unalienable" are key.
"Because of where we're placing it in this situation, the Second Amendment does not have the same standards as other amendments that get ‘strict scrutiny.' This gets the Second Amendment as level a playing field as the others," said committee member Whitney O'Daniel.