SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense held their monthly meeting Thursday.
“This is not about a threat to anyone’s rights, this is about a threat to our children,” said one organizer as she welcomed supporters.
Jean Knapp, lead of the local chapter says the group pushes for legislation that will keep guns from ending up in the wrong hands by strict background checks on every gun sale and ensuring guns and ammunition are properly locked away from children.
“Moms Demand Action is not out to take anyone’s guns,” she said. “We are for gun sense legislation.”
Thursday night, the group discussed legislation proposed in Missouri they say would impact gun-free zones.
“A number of sensitive areas where a gun is not allowed unless someone is a professional or a security guard. This would take away many of those places,” Knapp said.
HB 1936 would allow concealed carry at places like bars, daycares, and other private property, leaving the final say up to the business owners.
“We are putting all of the responsibility on every single merchant, or business, rather than responsibility on the person carrying a concealed firearm,” Knapp said.
State Representative Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, is the sponsor of the bill.
“We as a government shouldn’t be getting involved in their business,” he said. “This isn’t affecting one way or another whether a person can get a weapon. This is just saying where CCW permit holders can conceal a weapon.”
The bill would also allow CCW’s in local government buildings and on college campuses. Knapp says she believes it’s dangerous to mix firearms with the college experience.
“With students being away from home or the first time, they are under stress, they are more likely to commit suicide, and they are into experimentation,” she said.
Rep. Taylor says permit holders shouldn’t have to lose their rights to step foot on campus.
“You shouldn’t lose the right to defend yourself just because you step from one side of the street onto MSU campus,” he said. “You don’t lose your First Amendment right, your Freedom of Speech. You also don’t lose your 4th Amendment right to unreasonable search and seizure just because you’re on campus. So you shouldn’t lose the right to defend yourself.”
HB 1936 is scheduled for a hearing on Monday.