Wednesday was a great day for Missouri gun rights!
SJR 36 was finally agreed to and passed. It will now be on the November ballot for voters to decide whether to add it to the state Constitution.
Please send Senate Sponsor, Kurt Schaefer, and House handler, John Diehl, a short thank you email.
Here’s the actual amendment language (bold is new language and the strike through is to be deleted from the existing constitutional clause):
Article I Section 23. That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned[; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons]. 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 violent felons or those adjudicated by a court to be a danger to self or others as result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.”;
This is the Summary Statement voters will see on the ballot:
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?”
Use the new LibertyTools vote tracking system to see how the votes went.
On another front, HB 1439, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, is struggling. There are efforts to weaken it out of fear that it will be hard to override a veto if the bill has teeth. We are holding the position that the General Assembly should put a strong bill on the Governor’s desk and let the People convince their Reps and Senators to vote for a veto override between now and September.
If you agree, please send your Rep and email telling him or her to pass HB 1439 just as it came back from the Senate, with no amendments.