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Thursday, September 5, 2013

St. Louis Opposition to Missouri Gun Bill Grows: Mayor, Police Chiefs Slam Effort to Block Feds

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

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See also: Mayor Slay Promotes "Extraordinary Opportunity to Reduce Gun Violence"

Crane says that crime is down 46 percent in the city since 2006, thanks in part to federal partnerships with ATF, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Even if this was not the intention of the legislation, she says, these are the facts. "This is probably an unintended consequence, but the reality is it's a serious consequence."

click to enlarge Police Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay at an Organizing for Action gun control rally. - VIA TWITTER / @CHIEFSLMPD
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  • Police Chief Sam Dotson and Mayor Francis Slay at an Organizing for Action gun control rally.

A spokesman for Jones, a co-sponsor of the bill, refers Daily RFT to his statement earlier in the week in response to Koster's criticisms:

I am disappointed that our Attorney General has again opted to regurgitate the governor's talking points rather than stand with a bipartisan supermajority in the House and Senate in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Missourians. What he fails to acknowledge in his politically-motivated letter is that the bill, at its core, seeks to affirm our rights as a state by pushing back against a federal government that has far exceeded the authority it was intended to have by our founding fathers. We will be further analyzing and examining the specific legal issues raised by the Attorney General and will respond if additional comment is necessary.

You can find the P-D opinion piece here, Koster's letter here and the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police letter here.

Here is Fitch's letter.

County Police Chief Tim Fitch

And the full legislation.

HB 436

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