Dozens of bills related to guns pre-filed ahead of Missouri Legislative Session

Published: Dec. 30, 2022 at 4:33 PM CST
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KY3) - More than A dozen bills with one common theme: Guns in the State of Missouri.

Many lawmakers have filed bills relating to purchasing and selling guns, the crime of having a gun, and the crime of using one. Many of these come following a year of deadly shootings across the country and even in Missouri.

“When you’ve got these mass shootings that are taking place around the country that we saw, like here close to home in St. Louis, we’ve got to do something about that. I mean, children should not be getting murdered in schools and shouldn’t feel afraid to go to school, because we’re allowing teenagers to purchase these types of weapons,” said State Representative David Tyson Smith, a Democrat from Columbia.

Representative Tyson Smith filed one of the gun bills.

”I filed a bill to make it illegal for teenagers to purchase semi-automatic weapons. You know, some of the shootings we’ve seen in St. Louis, Uvalde, Texas, and around the country, like Buffalo have been teenagers that have gone in and purchased semi-automatic weapons. I don’t think that’s appropriate for them to be able to do that,” said Representative Tyson Smith.

Representative Brian Seitz, a Republican from Branson said he does not want second amendment rights to be taken from Missourians.

“I think some of the gun bills that have been pre-filed are primarily coming from the left, and are an attempt, again to restrict our Second Amendment rights. We’re not going to do that in the State of Missouri. We are a pro-Second Amendment state,” said Rep. Seitz.

“I’m a big supporter of the Second Amendment. I’m not trying to restrict people’s rights to have guns or for people who want to go to the range. I think that’s great. We need guns for protection,” said Rep. Tyson Smith.

Rep. Seitz is not filing any gun bills but does plan to co-sponsor some.

”I will definitely be co-sponsoring freedom and liberty bills as far as gun ownership goes, but I will do everything in my power to stop the left from infringing upon the Second Amendment rights,” said Rep. Seitz.

Other gun bills pre-filed include concealed carry permits and reporting lost or stolen guns.

The legislative Session starts on January 4.

Links to bills can be found below.

House of Representatives

HB32 – Unlawful possession of a firearm

HB33 – Preemption of firearms

HB38 – Employee firearm vehicle storage

HB55 – Unlawful possession of a firearm

HB109 – Blair’s Law

HB208 – Unlawful transfer of firearms

HB218 – Reporting lost or stolen firearms

HB282 – Firearm bill changes

HB299 – Concealed carry permits

HB319 – High-capacity magazines

HB410 – Gun theft prevention act

HB413 – Extreme risk protection/gun violence seizure warrants

HB423 – Firearms sales/transfers

HB455 – Concealed carry permits

HB485 - Concealed carry in churches

HJR3 – Background checks


SB 10 – Anti-Red flag gun seizure act

SB 59 – Unlawful possession of a firearm

SB 65 – Unlawful use of a firearm

SB 131 – Sales tax exemption for firearms and ammunition

SB 142 – Firearms provision

SB 200 – Firearms discrimination

SB 224 – Firearms on public transit

SB 225 – Businesses prohibiting firearms liability

SB 305 – Unlawful possession

SB 330 – Firearms provision

SB 343 – Unlawful discharge of a firearm

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