Friday, April 12, 2013

Guns: Dems Slam GOP Bill to Loosen Weapon Storage Restrictions for State Employees' Cars

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Newman points to a recent alert from St. Louis metro police encouraging Cardinals fans to leave their guns at home for Opening Day, arguing that the state doesn't need loosened restrictions on the storage of guns outside of the home.

"When the [police] chief has to put a statement out in the city [to not bring your guns to Busch Stadium]...there is a problem," she says.

While there may not be violence in the districts of some of these pro-gun lawmakers, urban areas suffer from these reduced regulations, says Newman, who represents parts of St. Louis.

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"What would the impact be to St. Louis city and the surrounding counties?" she says.

As written, the bill also appears to revise statues around unlawful possession of a firearm and punishments related to second-time offenses and gun possession while also in possession of a controlled substance.

Newman has said that she is focusing on supporting federal gun safety measures since the Republican leadership has squashed her efforts here.

It's frustrating, she says, to see lawmakers move backwards.

"This is Missouri's answer," she says.

Daily RFT left a message with Riddle's office yesterday and will update if we hear back.

Here's the latest version of the bill.

House Bill 533

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