Mo. Bill Would Make it Illegal to Propose Gun Control

Lawmakers who did so would face prison time
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2013 1:19 PM CST
Don't even think about trying to restrict this.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Missouri House Republican yesterday proposed a bill that would make it a crime, punishable by up to four years in prison, for lawmakers to propose gun control measures. Mike Leara's HB633 "specifies that any member of the general assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual's right to bear arms will be guilty of a class D felony," according to the House website. Leara proposed the bill less than a week after a Democrat introduced a bill banning assault weapons, the News-Leader reports.

ThinkProgress points out that the bill seems to violate both the Missouri Constitution and the US Constitution, and Comedy Central describes the bill as "a scenario in which the 2nd Amendment took the 1st Amendment aside and fired round after round of hollow point bullets into its lifeless body." But, the AP notes, Leara himself has said he doesn't expect the bill to pass, and introduced it only as a matter of principle. (Read more Missouri stories.)

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