Mo. lawmaker fires back at efforts to toughen gun laws
Thu, 17 Jan 2013 12:47:06 GMT —
President Obama is calling upon Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines to reduce gun violence. But a Missouri state senator from the Tri-States is leading the charge to oppose gun restrictions in the state.
The measure would also make it a crime for federal agents to try to enforce a ban on guns that are made and remain in Missouri.
"My proposed legislation seeks to keep far-reaching regulations from violating the constitutional rights of all Missourians. Today's extreme grab of power was created under executive order and not heard publicly. We cannot let the total disregard for our constitutional rights continue," Sen. Munzlinger said. "Today the president used his power of Executive Order to erode the rights of everyone guaranteed under the Second Amendment, rather than do the hard work of passing legislation through the Congress, elected by each of you."
Munzlinger says the recent events involving guns across the nation are tragic, but won't be stopped with more gun laws. He says lawmakers have the duty to protect rights of constituents given in the constitution.
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â??While I do not dismiss the seriousness of the mass shootings that have taken place in our country, I also do not believe a total ban of firearms will keep this type of gun out of the hands of criminals,â?? Sen. Munzlinger said. "If we don't protect our Second Amendment, how do we protect the other amendments if they should come under attack? Our constitutional amendments give us specific freedoms and that is what makes our country unique and great."
To see a complete list of legislation filed by Sen. Munzlinger this session, please visit www.senate.mo.gov/Munzlinger.