Gov. Pat Quinn’s office has called the plan a “massive overreach” because it would wipe out all local gun regulations, including Chicago’s ban on assault-style weapons.
The Executive Committee voted 12-3 on legislation to ban the delivery, sale or transfer of ammunition feeding devices of more than 10 rounds after emotional testimony.
Several firearm manufacturers have threatened to leave states passing stricter gun regulations, prompting Missouri lawmakers to respond with tax incentives.
When a gunman killed 26 children and staff at a Connecticut grade school, Missouri Rep. Mike Kelley quickly proposed legislation that would allow trained teachers to carry hidden guns into the classroom as a “line of defense” against attackers.
“You use a gun to commit a crime, go to prison. Period,” NRA President David Keene said.
“Unless you’re engaged in a lifestyle that’s going to put you at risk, you’re not going to be the victim of violent crime going to a baseball game.”
“I have to have one up on them. They don’t have anything to lose and I have everything to lose.”
Clay said Congress probably has until September to pass gun legislation before the President might act on his own.
It’s nothing we haven’t heard before, legislative things take time, but U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said he wanted action yesterday.
A rural school district in the south-central Missouri town of West Plains it now allows some employees to carry concealed weapons into its school.