Missouri lawmakers loosen gun laws, back voter photo ID
Sep 21 2016
Nixon blames the state budget reductions for the legislature's veto override of a bill that he says gives tax breaks to special interests. This push has come with a huge price: a 2014 study found that following the repeal of state laws requiring comprehensive background checks and purchase permits, Missouri's gun homicide rate increased by more than 15 percent - as the national rate dropped 11 percent.
Both votes by the Republican-controlled state House and Senate reached the two-thirds majority required to enact legislation over the governor's veto.
The guns legislation prompted some of the most intense debate Wednesday.
The bill "flouts this system, allowing individuals with no training, no proven handgun capability, and no background check to carry concealed", Mr. Nixon wrote in a letter explaining his action. The measure also would expand legal protections for those who use deadly force to defend themselves.
The rally had about 150 participants, who then spanned out to their lawmaker's offices to ask them to uphold Nixon's veto. That doesn't include one additional override of an unemployment benefits bill a year ago, which the Supreme Court declared void because it was not done in a timely fashion. The tax breaks were backed by the Legislature's Republican supermajorities, but some bills also drew support from Democratic lawmakers.
In vetoing the bill in July, Nixon said the measure struck an extreme blow to sensible safeguards against gun violence. The bill also requires the state to pay for photo IDs for those lacking them, as well as for any underlying documents such as birth certificates and marriage licenses needed to get a state identification card. "Despite the best efforts of Michael Bloomberg and out-of-state gun control groups to defeat the override vote, their agenda was rejected".
And in doing so, they made our state the first new Stand Your Ground state since the death of Trayvon Martin.
State Rep. Stacey Newman, D-Richmond Heights, was among the opponents who said the mandate does nothing to protect against absentee or voter-registration fraud - the two prime sources of fraud - but could prevent tens of thousands of legitimate Missouri voters from casting ballots.
Missouri's passage of SB 656 is the fourth passage of a "constitutional carry" law just this year, with Idaho, Mississippi, and West Virginia preceding the "Show Me" state, showing that support for gun rights is rapidly expanding, even as anti-gun Democrats risk electoral suicide by running against the will of the voters.