As Pols Talk Tighter Gun Control, A Look at 5 Fast and Loose Firearms Laws in Missourah

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2. Cities and municipalities may not enact their own local protections against firearms.
The Missouri State House.

Want to live in a city that sticks to federal gun laws (which are slightly stricter than the states)? How about forming a gun-free fiefdom utopia in Webster Groves? Well you can't. Take your granola to one of the coasts, because Missouri has a preemption law that prohibits municipalities and counties from enacting gun laws that are more restrictive than state law. We also have a range protection law that makes it impossible for a local government to outlaw shooting ranges.

In 2009, 822 people died from firearm-related injuries in Missouri, making us 13th among the 50 states in number of gun deaths per capita. Missouri had the highest rate of black homicide victimization in any state in both 2008 and 2009, according to an analysis performed by the Violence Policy Center.

Still, our preemption law declares that "the lawful design, marketing, manufacture, distribution, or sale of firearms or ammunition to the public is not an abnormally dangerous activity and does not constitute a public or private nuisance."

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