ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It failed in the city, but passed overhwelmingly in rural Missouri. Now, St. Louis police chief says the passage of the amendment enhancing the right to bear arms has him concerned.

Sam Dotson says Amendment 5 will make it easier for criminals to possess guns and harder for authorities to prosecute them.

Dotson tells KMOX it basically handcuffs officers trying to take illegal weapons off the streets.

“When officers go out and search individuals, or stop individuals, for their safety. When we find a gun, it makes it more difficult to take that case for prosecution,” Dotson says. “It puts police officers at risk, and it certainly puts the community at risk.”

Dotson says Amendment 5 doesn’t offer additional protection to law abiding citizens, but to criminals.

“It is already difficult to get a conviction. It is already difficult to keep somebody incarcerated that violates the laws that we have now, that use a gun. We just made it more difficult to do that,” he says.

Noting that 71 percent of St. Louis voters rejected the amendment, Dotson says it’s unfortunate that rural Missouri sometimes gets to drive what happens in the city.

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