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Guesstimate: One in Four Missouri Legislators Armed and Ludicrous

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How Missouri legislators envision themselves when they close their eyes.
Missouri legislators are once again tackling the big issues this week -- debating a bill that would allow more people to pack heat inside the state capitol.

Currently, only state senators and representatives are allowed to carry concealed weapons inside the capitol building. State Representative Jeanie Riddle (R - Mokane) wants to change that. She's sponsoring a bill (HB 778) that would allow legislative aides and other state elected officials to take carry their "peacemakers" with them when they attend hearings and other meetings inside the capitol rotunda. The bill reportedly has 61 co-sponsors -- all of them Republican.

Yesterday Riddle would not comment on whether or not she had a pistol in her purse.

"Loose lips sinks ships," she told the Columbia Tribune. State Senator Brian Nieves (R - Washington) is less coy, telling a reporter last year that, "On any given day, 97 percent of the time, Brian Nieves is carrying a gun."

Meanwhile, Rep. Chris Kelly (D - Columbia) told the Tribune yesterday that around 40 of the House's 163 members were probably carrying concealed weapons during Tuesday's session.

"It is all for show," said Kelly of the bill. "It is so they can make it clear. It is all political."

Kelly added that he frequently goes camping in the wilds of Missouri without a gun and doesn't think that lethal weapons are necessary in the Capitol, either.

"If I can deal with the bears, I can deal with these guys," he said.

Riddle is also sponsoring legislation that would allow lower the age requirement -- from 23 to 21 years old -- for people eligible to carry a concealed weapon.

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Guest
Guest

After the Laughner episode, I would think that there would be bi-partisan support for the bill. Why not be allowed to protect yourself from psychopaths? Unfortunately, no one with Rep. Giffords was packing heat, because they could have stopped that rampage within the first couple of shots (instead of allowing him to shoot 12 people). Mary might not have been able to stop it, because she was hit first. But if her aides were armed than Laughner would have already met his judgment... and not the kind where you get an appeal-process and free representation.

Sh0rtbus
Sh0rtbus

So when are the republicans going to fire the security at the Capitol? Cost saving measure right? Rep. Chris Kelly sums it up "It's ALL for show"

Chuck
Chuck

Don't make me have to separate you two!

Your Momma
Your Momma

Gee Chad... tell us how you feel about the right to bear arms?

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

Gee, Your Momma. Come up with something to say next time.

Your Momma
Your Momma

It's funny because anyone that supports the 2nd amendment immediately resorts to gun violence to resolve any and all disputes no matter how petty.... I get it..... Hahhahahahahahahahhah... I am dying here...

STLNEWSMOD
STLNEWSMOD

You're right. We should probably settle this with an ol' fashioned gun duel.

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