ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – One of the questions facing Missouri lawmakers during the legislative session which opens tomorrow revolves around the contentious issue of gun control.
In particular, the legislature will mull an idea pushed by Mayor Francis Slay who says St. Louis and Kansas City have different issues when it comes to guns compared to rural areas of the state and, as a result, should be allowed to pass their own gun laws.
When asked if he would consider allowing cities to act on their own regarding gun control, Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones said “giving them that freedom then affects the freedom of the individual.”
“I think it’s an issue we need to study and we’re going to have folks looking into that throughout the session,” Jones added.
The Speaker says they may need to look at the access criminals have to guns but he doesn’t want to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens. Jones says mental health also has to be a part of the discussions.