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Legislator: Make It Illegal to Propose Gun Legislation

Rep. Mike Leara, R-St. Louis County, has proposed legislation that would criminalize lawmakers who propose gun legislation.

Should proposing a law be against the law? One St. Louis County lawmaker thinks so. 

Rep. Mike Leara, R-St. Louis County, proposed House Bill 633 Monday that would make it illegal to to propose legislation.

Leara's District 95 covers Crestwood, Sunset Hills and Fenton in South St. Louis County.

According to PoliticMo, Leara's legislation would make it a felony for lawmakers to merely file legislation that would at all restrict gun rights.

Leara told PoliticMo that the bill was only to spark debate about gun rights, and believes it has no chance in the general assembly.

“I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people’s constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” Leara said. 

Several University City area lawmakers have proposed gun legislation this year, including Democrats Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal and Rep. Rory Ellinger.

Sen. Chappelle-Nadal's legislation would require parents to inform their child's school district if there is a gun in the home.  

Read Chappelle-Nadal's blog on the subject here.

In a separate action against any gun legislation Tuesday, Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, posted a video to YouTube that shows a man firing a handgun repeatedly at a copy of House Bill 545, which prohibits the possession of assault weapons.

HB 545 was introduced by Rep. Ellinger. It bans the sale of assault weapons and requires owners to turn in such guns. Most of the video shows Burlison interviewing patrons of a shooting range on what they think about the bill. 

Read more on the issue:

  • Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Renews Call for Gun Safety
  • Update: Sen. Chappelle-Nadal Talks Gun Bill During Press Conference
  • Have a Gun? Proposed Bill Would Require You to Tell Your Child's School
  • Mayor Welsch Joins 29 Other Mayors in Response to Obama's Gun Plan
  • Weapons Sales Go Up in Wake of Call for Tighter Gun Control
  • Tougher Gun Control Laws: Are They Inevitable Now?
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns Sends Obama a Letter

What do you think of Rep. Leara's bill? Should we criminalize lawmakers for proposing laws?

Carol Size February 20, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Well, how obvious is it that the Democrats are in charge of the media in this town? So, last week a MO Democrat story goes viral/national and the local news DOES NOT BOTHER TO COVER IT about local St. Louis Democrats wanting to confiscate our guns and THAT is not considered relevant news locally that we should know what our area representatives are doing. But, let a GOP legislature propose a bill and wow - talk about news!!! It is the story of the day today in the Post-Dishonest on the editorial as well political page. Wow, what a difference an R and a D makes in this town. You could only report about the Democrats as a sub-story to this one? Pretty pathetic. I no longer will trust the Patch as a reliable and unbiased news source even though it probably never was. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/elizabeth-crisp/gun-proposals-spur-interest-in-missouri-legislature/article_5d04e3c8-5d2d-58c1-8d81-7a781c23cac1.html
George Lenard February 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM
I have no clue what Carol is running on about. I see this story as perfectly objective. If anything, I would criticize it as giving too much attention to a frivolous publicity stunt. The bigger picture is this: Newtown was finally the public opinion tipping point on gun violence many of us have awaited for decades--indeed our whole lives. I remember JFK, RFK, MLK, Pres. Reagan, John Lennon, Columbine, Va. Tech., Aurora, and innumerable daily killings on our own streets coming and going without action. The gun fanatics who read the polls see the writing on the walls now: public opinion favors major gun law reform on a national scale and it WILL happen. The Obama-Biden proposals are comprehensive, reasonable, and consistent with the 2nd Amendment as interpreted by the Supreme Court in DC v. Heller (summarized here: http://www.commongroundonguns.com/the-meaning-of-the-second-amendment-under-the-supreme-courts-decision-in-d-c-v-heller/). That is why people like Carol and so many others are whining so loudly! They sense that their extremist views on guns are putting them on the losing end of history. Nobody likes being a minority and gun fanatics are learning what that feels like. as the culture shifts under their feet. Most Americans no longer will tolerate living like this is the Wild West.
Billy Frank Thornton February 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Both sides seem to want to out silly the other. Lost in this debate is the root of the problem. We, as a society, are failing to instill decency and respect of others. I would like more attention paid to healing an increasingly sick society.
Carol Size February 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Wow, George, I am an extremist because I challenged the Patch's unequal reporting? Did you even read my comment? Where did I even mention my views on guns - nowhere? How did you do on that reading comp section of your SATs?
Carol Size February 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
I think what you are trying to say Billy is that our society has a problem. There is no respect for life or others whatsoever. People make comments on public threads and others lie about what they say. It just goes on and on. A decent person wouldn't lie and distort others comments just to spew their own personal viewpoints. I am so sick of the namecalling and hate. Our society needs a lot of healing but until we start listening to one another instead of I'm right and you're wrong, we are never going to get anywhere.
Carol Size February 21, 2013 at 01:04 AM
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Carol Size February 21, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Say Maggie, are you planning on reporting this story as well? Or not because it has a 'D' in it: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/kevin-mcdermott/second-piece-of-legislation-filed-to-outlaw-legislation/article_3fc40b0c-3b05-5585-ad0e-7dcda325e774.html
Billy Frank Thornton February 21, 2013 at 01:08 AM
...and the beat goes on!
Maggie Rotermund February 21, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Carol - While I appreciate the suggestion, this piece of legislation does not directly impact the University City area. The legislation in this article was a direct response to legislation filed by U City area legislators.
Carol Size February 21, 2013 at 01:30 AM
okie dokie Maggie

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