GOP Rep. Mike Leara Wants To Make It A Felony For Legislators To Propose Gun Control

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Mike Leara wants to send fellow lawmakers to jail.
Instead of literally opening fire on gun control bills, why not just ban them all together? This is the thinking behind a new Missouri gun bill introduced yesterday with a pretty simple message: If you propose a gun control measure, you will be guilty of a class D felony.

Take that, Democrats!

It's like Missouri's block-every-Obama-gun-measure bill...taken to a whole new level.

What does Representative Mike Leara, the bill's backer, have to say about his plan?

Not a whole lot.

Someone on his staff tells Daily RFT that he is not giving interviews on the bill at this time. But his office did pass us his short statement regarding the introduction of House Bill 633:

I filed HB 633 as a matter of principle and as a statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians. I have no illusions about the bill making it through the legislative process, but I want it to be clear that the Missouri House will stand in defense of the people's Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

The actual legislation is one of the shortest ones we've seen so far this session. It says:

Any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, shall be guilty of a class D felony.

Bipartisanship, y'all.

Here's the Twitter response from Democratic Representative Stacey Newman, who has proposed a background check bill and has been outspoken in favor of stricter gun policies.

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And here's the full draft bill.

House Bill 633

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DeaconDandy
DeaconDandy

It's almost like "12judges" waits for every gun-oriented topic to come up on RFT then hurries up and makes a dumb comment. 

The 2nd Amendment: the only amendment wingers think can never be amended or else freedom and Thomas Jefferson. 

Dennis Fleming
Dennis Fleming

This is why people from the coasts come to MO and say, "Whaaaat?"

Randall OftheFamily Dedert
Randall OftheFamily Dedert

Ever hear of gang rape and home invasion micheal? The women in my life deserve whatever defense THEY deem necessary. If you are worried about kids dying your govt is using grenades, rpcket launchers drones etc on brown babies all across the middleeast. Hypocrits

Seymour Justice
Seymour Justice

divide and conquer, way to add fuel to the fire, RFT

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

So, he SO wants people's rights on gun ownership not limited that he is willing to limit people's rights. I hope this doesn't make national news. MO can look like idiots again!

Christopher Schmidt
Christopher Schmidt

Consider this a non-news story because it will get shot down. Just another attempted lawmaker wasting time and resources. Move along...

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

We have already restricted the right to bear arms that are more dangerous than they are useful (see rocket launchers, flame throwers, hand grenades, fighter jets, apache helicopters, and atomic bombs). Assault rifles should be added to that category. If you need a 30 round clip in your semi-auto to stop a rape you're a piss poor shot and shouldn't be allowed within 50 ft of a gun.

Randall OftheFamily Dedert
Randall OftheFamily Dedert

No Brian you are allowed to pee and vomit to avoid rape, because criminals will be turning in their weapons as soon as this ban passes lol

Eric Thompson
Eric Thompson

I think this will make The Colbert Report/Daily Show for sure

Randall OftheFamily Dedert
Randall OftheFamily Dedert

they are violating their oath to the constitution, they should be stripped of their office and jailed.You fools want the same crime as Chicago? Try reading your history instead of living from knee jerk reactions.

Bob Ell
Bob Ell

It seems that many of our elected officials skipped the civics class where they covered... everything.

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

I'd like to propose a law that any legislature who ignores gun violence and purposefully obstructs progress be sent to jail.

Derek Parker
Derek Parker

This is in direct response to the bill proposed last week that would give residents 90 days to turn in their firearms or else they would become felons. It is all a game to them, and you guys are doing your part to perpetuate it. Good job!

George Sladek
George Sladek

IS THIS GUY SERIOUSLY A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE PEOPLE? IF HE'S NOT LOCKED UP HE OUGHT TO BE...OR IN A MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. WE NEED TO ENACT LAWS TO RESTRICT THE PURCHASE OF ASSAULT WEAPONS BUT NOT MAKE IT A FELONY TO PROPOSE GUN CONTROL. WITH PEOPLE LIKE THIS "REPRESENTING" US WE MIGHT AS WELL HAVE THE LUNATICS RUNNING THE ASYLUM. HELL, THEY PROBABLY ALREADY ARE...

Martienne Cotter
Martienne Cotter

I'm starting to think we need to look at Missouri schools...because we seem to be producing too many idiots. smh

Steve Dixon
Steve Dixon

/facepalm I am so embarrassed to be a Missourian.

Patrick Gonzales
Patrick Gonzales

Yeah, MO has had enough negative publicity lately. No thanks to Akin and Blunt.

Barry D Willingham
Barry D Willingham

It is amazing how our government officials know so little about the law. Leara's proposal is not nearly as appalling as is the fact he was elected in the first place

Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin

first mister akin, and now this. wow. Missouri is descending into a whole new level.

12judges
12judges

I'm glad Rep. Leara made clear in his statement that this bill is a matter of principle.  And of course it has no real chance of passage, but that's not the point.  It is important to call out ridiculous and unreasonable legislation when it rears its ugly head, and Rep. Newman and Rep. Ellinger should take notice that their legislation is just as unreasonable and heavy-handed as this bill.

Having someone introduce legislation that would make you a criminal doesn't feel good does it Stacey?  Know you know how many gun owners feel over your idiotic bill.

12judges
12judges

Well that would be the case if I wasn't already an avid reader of the Riverfronttimes, and I'll keep my opportunity to comment on subjects that are of interest to me thank you very much.  Your opportunity to make "dumb" comments on things of interest to you is safe...don't worry.

And careful Deacon, you never now at one point in the future I might say the same thing to you about the 1st amendment, 4th amendment, and...oh hell, why not the whole consitution.  "Amend them all" they'll say, because freedom of speech just doesn't mean now what it meant back then right?  I wonder, will you clap as they take your rights away from you?

greggldavis
greggldavis

@12judges Nobody is proposing legislation that will make you a criminal. That is a strawman. Nobody is proposing legislation to take anyone's guns away. Even if a gun you own is banned, those banned guns already legally purchased would without doubt be "grandfathered in" and you can continue to possess them as long as they are registered. You would only become a "criminal" if you violated the law AFTER it was enacted, and tried to purchase a banned gun illegally. Get this through your head and stop just making crap up to justify your position.

GunsKillPeople
GunsKillPeople

@12judges I am with 12judges, lets take away everyone's guns then its a level playing field

12judges
12judges

HOLY FUCKING SHIT...did you read MO house bill 545!?!?!?!  Did you even bother to take a look at the ban in place in New York State?  Or the originally proposed legislation by CA Senator Diane Feinstein that specifically DID NOT allow for grandfathering?  THE FUCKING ARTICLE IN QUESTION WAS POSTED HERE ON THE DAILYRFT JUST YESTERDAY but you couldn't be bothered to look at it before you made you idiotic comment.  Here...I'll do you a favor and post it again http://blogs.riverfronttimes.com/dailyrft/2013/02/eric_burlisong_republican_guns_gun_control_missouri.php in reference to MO house bill 545.  Here's a quote, "Any violation would be considered a class C felony. One of the most controversial components of the bill is the specification that any person who was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine prior to enactment would have 90 days to remove the weapon from the state or surrender it to law enforcement for destruction."  This legislation would make me a criminal.  It does propose gun confiscation and dispossession.  You sir, have no idea what your talking about.

12judges
12judges

No, you have the illusion of a level playing field.  But hey, feeling safe is just as good as actually being safe right?  Since your there already, could you let me know if ignorance is actually bliss?

12judges
12judges

Gregg, I am a reasonable person and pride myself on being so.  And yes, I will admit that firearms do not by themselves make a person (on a case by case basis) any safer.  In many cases for unstable and irresponsible persons guns make themselves and those around them less safe.  However, for the vast majority of American who can handle the responsibility and safety of firearms the situations you describe above are easily dealt with and responsibly managed.  It is estimated that Americans use their firearms tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of times each year in defense of themselves and property in a responsible and legal manner.  There are millions of CCW holders in 49 states of the US without the blood in the streets of massive irresponsibility you suggest would occur.  You will not hear me say that more guns is the answer, and I have never said that.  But no guns whatsoever is not the answer either.  GUNSKILLPEOPLE's comment was exactly that, a willful ignorance and blind acceptance of a theory that, in practice, is iimpossible and impractical in the extreme.  Guns do, in fact, keep some people safe.  They keep police officers safe, they keep the military safe, and they keep me safe.  They keep anyone safe with the will to know and the maturity to safegaurd.  It was ever thus.

greggldavis
greggldavis

@12judges That's what guns do actually, make you "feel" safe while, in many cases, making you LESS safe. A gun can lull you into a false sense of security, so you don't take sensible precautions like locking your doors. It can encourage you to be more aggressive and put yourself into dangerous situations you would otherwise avoid. A gun on your person for self-defense can be taken and used against you (even trained cops have their weapons taken from time to time). A gun around the house is far more likely to be used in a domestic dispute, or to commit suicide, or to be fired by accident (such as by a child who finds a gun in an unlocked drawer) than it is to be used for home defense. In certain situations and circumstances a gun MIGHT make you safer, but this is hardly a general rule. But hey, as you say, ignorance is bliss.

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