The House will have the third reading for Sen Jack Goodman's frontier justice bill Tuesday.
The bill will be handled by Rep. Marilyn Ruestman, R-Joplin, who filed a similar bill earlier this year. The bill will give Missourians what they have already had- the right to protect themselves with deadly force when their lives are on the line.
Ms. Ruestman and Goodman, a Mount Vernon Republican, claim this bill was filed in response to requests from throngs of people (In her weekly column, Ms. Ruestman even said a throng of people testified in favor of her bill.). The main people pushing this unnecessary legislation are the officials of the National Rifle Association. Both Ms. Ruestman and Goodman claim the bill will prevent nuisance lawsuits against people who defend themselves with deadly force. Goodman acknowledges no such case has ever occurred in southwest Missouri and neither he nor Ms. Ruestman has ever cited one specific lawsuit of this sort happening anywhere in the state.
This is unnecessary and quite possibly dangerous legislation.