Missouri House bill bars copying death scene photos

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 3:47 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has passed legislation that would bar the public from making copies of gruesome crime scene photos and videos.

The legislation passed Wednesday would let the public look at video recordings and photographs from crime or death scenes of inactive cases. But copies could not be made of anything depicting a deceased person who was dismembered, decapitated, mutilated or whose genitals were exposed.

The same bill would reinstate a recently expired law that exempts security plans of public entities from public disclosure. But the bill specifically states that the closed-record provision does not apply to footage from security cameras outside the governor's office.

Another section of the bill would bar businesses from prohibiting customers from keeping guns in their vehicles.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

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