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Rep Leara: 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. 

In 2012, Rep. John McCaherty, R-High Ridge, held a raffle to award his AR15 rifle to a support his campaign. 

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
  • Weapons Sales Go Up in Wake of Call for Tighter Gun Control
  • Tougher Gun Control Laws: Are They Inevitable Now?

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

John Dough February 20, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Other possible pending legislation. Make it illegal and punishable by a prison sentence of not less than one year to vote for legislation that you have not read in its entirety. Make it a crime for legislators not to enforce laws they have taken a sworn oath to uphold. My ideas have as much chance of passing as his does.
Sam February 20, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Now you're making sense! Sad our society keeps voting for the same people and expecting things to change. If we don't read a contract, the consequences can be serious. Because they exempt themselves, there are no consequences since their jobs are for all practical purposes safe. They have no reason to change their ways.

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