Missouri Democrats propose assault weapon confiscation bill
For all the gun control advocates who continually try to reassure gun owners that gun laws will not involve confiscation, take a look at the bill Democrats introduced in the Missouri legislature.
The bill would give owners of certain types of “assault” weapons 90 days to either turn them in to authorities, disable them or ship them out of the state.
According to House Bill 545, “assault” rifles are defined as any semi-automatic rifle with a detachable magazine that has one or more of the following characteristics:
a. A pistol grip or thumbhole stock;
b. Any feature capable of functioning as a protruding grip that can be held by the nontrigger hand;
c. A folding or telescoping stock; or
d. A shroud attached to the barrel, or that partially or completely encircles the barrel, allowing the bearer to hold the firearm with the nontrigger hand without being burned, but excluding a slide that encloses the barrel.
The law also applies to certain semi-automatic pistols and semi-automatic shotguns with similar characteristics.
Democrats in the state also want to confiscate pistols or rifles with fixed magazines that can hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
The law also prohibits anyone, including gun makers, from manufacturing, importing, possessing, purchasing, selling, or transferring any “assault weapon” or large capacity magazines.
The law does not apply to law enforcement officers, members of the military and federal agents and employees.
Those already in possession of these weapons or magazines will have 90 days to:
- Remove the assault weapon or large capacity magazine from the state of Missouri;
- Render the assault weapon permanently inoperable; or
- Surrender the assault weapon or large capacity magazine to the appropriate law enforcement agency for destruction, subject to specific agency regulations.
If the proposal becomes law, those who violate it will be charged with a Class C felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison.
The proposal has very little chance of becoming law since Republicans hold a super-majority in the state legislature, like the Democrats do in the Illinois legislature. Minnesota is also considering similar legislation.
The point is that there are many elected officials ready to effectively eliminate the second amendment from the constitution.
All Americans have to figure out is why our government is so adamant about instituting new gun control laws, when the current gun laws have been so ineffective.