The State lawmaker one-upmanship with regard to gun control continues with a proposal from Missouri House Democrats to confiscate firearms from law-abiding residents.
Missouri House Bill 545 would make a felon of any owners of so-called assault weapons in the State who refused to destroy their firearms, move them across State lines or turn them over to law enforcement officials within 90 days of the bill’s passage.
From the proposed legislation:
Any person who, prior to the effective date of this law, was legally in possession of an assault weapon or large capacity magazine shall have ninety days from such effective date to do any of the following without being subject to prosecution:
(1) Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
(2) Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
(3) Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
5. Unlawful manufacture, import, possession, purchase, sale, or transfer of an assault weapon or a large capacity magazine is a class C felony.
The bill borrows from State and Federal proposals for assault weapon bans proposed by other lawmakers throughout the Nation in the wake of recent shooting tragedies in that its descriptions focus on magazines and the aesthetic characteristics of firearms.
The bill, proposed by Democratic Representative Rory Ellinger, has been largely dismissed by Republican lawmakers in the State who hold a majority in both the House and Senate.
Despite no action being taken on the bill, the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action issued a statement about the measure, reading in part: “Compelling law-abiding citizens to surrender their firearms and magazines is unconstitutional, wrong and another failed attempt to reduce crime. Criminals—by definition—violate laws, especially gun control laws. They will never surrender their firearms, or comply with any gun control scheme. HB 545 would only affect the lawful, while ignoring the actual problem of violent criminals who misuse firearms.”
Meanwhile, U.S. Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein has announced that on Feb. 28 she will hold another hearing on her Federal assault weapons ban bill. The Senator claims she was not satisfied with the testimony of witnesses called for the first full Judiciary Committee hearing last month.
Below is a clip of one of the more fact-filled moments that Feinstein may have disliked from the previous hearing: