Monday, April 05, 2010

Bill would allow drunk Missourians to carry weapons

Each year, we see more and more legislation devoted to new freedoms for gun-carrying Missourians, many of which are unnecessary, but come as a result of the latest NRA fear tactics to collect dues by making members fear that behind every corner is someone wanting to take away their guns.

According to the latest report of Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, House Bill 1787 would also expand the right to carry weapons to drunk Missourians:

House Bill 1787 which passed first round approval this week will allow staffers to carry concealed weapons in the Legislature.

It also lowers the age for concealed carry permits from 23 to 21 years of age. It is House Bill 1787.

An amendment was also passed that removes the ban carrying while intoxicated provision of the law and replaces it with some other language here is the language:

" (5) [Possesses or discharges a projectile weapon while intoxicated; or] Has a firearm or projectile weapon readily capable of lethal use on his or her person, while he or she is intoxicated, and handles or otherwise uses such firearm or projectile weapon in either a negligent or unlawful manner or discharges such firearm or projectile weapon; or"

(THE BRACKETED LANGUAGE IS REMOVED FROM STATUTE AND THE OTHER IS ENACTED INSTEAD.) So before it was illegal to carry a gun while intoxicated even with a permit. Now it is legal so long and you are not "negligent" or do something otherwise illegal.

I intend to vote against this on final passage. I just don't see how this improves the concealed carry law.


Anonymous said...

Randy, please refer to House Journal of 3-30-10 reguarding debate of HB1787. House Amemdment #4 to this proposed legislation tightens and clarifies the law reguarding firearms possession and intoxification. Rep Burnett was Absent Without Leave from the Chamber when the vote on bill passage was held. Bill was passed 125-19 with 19 (including Burnett) AWOL.

Anonymous said...

Good call 7:33. What an idiot. Why would somebody do an interview on the subject that he didn't even vote on. Not too smart.