Missouri Rep. Mike Leara wants to make it a felony to introduce gun control legislation

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Lawmakers could be counting down the end of the next session in a very different way.
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  • Lawmakers could be counting down the end of the next session in a very different way.
A Missouri representative wants to make his stance on gun control very clear. State Rep. Mike Leara (R-St. Louis) introduced a bill yesterday that would make it a crime for another lawmaker in the Missouri Legislature to introduce gun-control legislation [h/t The Turner Report]. The summary of House Bill 633 reads as follows:

Specifies that any member of the general assembly who proposes legislation that further restricts an individual's right to bear arms will be guilty of a class D felony.

The bill caught the eye of state Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis), who proposed the same day via HB 187 that all sales of firearms should be "processed through a licensed firearms dealer." Newman tweeted that the bill "would send me directly to prison," and she is "counting on you all visiting me in prison." Those found guilty of a Class D felony could be sentenced to up to four years in prison.

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