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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) __ Opponents of a new Jefferson City store whose merchandise includes adult-oriented products are pursuing a change in the law to make it harder for similar stores to open in Missouri’s capital city.

A group of opponents is preparing to circulate a petition to amend the city’s ordinance on adult-oriented businesses.  Their proposal would create a tighter definition of pornography and change the law’s definition of an adult business.

Jefferson City’s existing law requires that more than one-third of a store’s sales be adult items to be defined as an adult store. City officials say only about one-quarter of the stock offered by the new store consists of adult items.

Jan Kruse, a supporter of the proposed ordinance change, has protested outside the new store and spoken about the issue at City Council meetings.

Petitions to amend Jefferson City ordinances must come from a committee of five voters. Kruse said such a committee has been formed on the adult business issue, and she hopes the group will `begin working on a petition in the next several days.

Copyright The Associated Press

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