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UPDATE: Missouri House votes to override veto of gun bill, but Senate does not

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 5:56 p.m. CDT; updated 7:55 a.m. CDT, Thursday, September 12, 2013
Gun supporters with signs and flags gathered at the Capitol steps on Wednesday as the House debated the override of Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 436. The House voted by the narrowest possible margin, 109-49, to override the veto and pass a bill that rejects federal laws limiting gun use.

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House of Representatives voted to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill that would reject federal laws that limit gun use. The bill garnered just enough votes to pass, with 109 votes in favor and 49 against.

Later, by a vote of 22-12, the Missouri Senate rejected the motion to override.

The bill was intended to protect Missourians’ Second Amendment rights, said its sponsor, Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters. But some legislators said they feared the implications of a provision that would make it illegal to publish the name of a gun owner.

“It turns law enforcement into criminals and criminals into victims,” said Rep. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur.

The override of the veto drew cheers from the gallery, where supporters wore badges on their sleeves emblazoned with the words “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”

Gina Allen, a member of Concerned Women for America of Missouri, said she thought the bill would protect citizens' Second Amendment rights from federal government overreach.

"There is no doubt that (President Barack Obama) will do something that has our local police forced to take guns away — this bill protects local police from that," said Allen, who lives in Warren County.

The bill now moves to the Senate, which voted 26-6 in favor of the bill during the regular legislative session.

 


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