Backers of the campus carry bill say they don’t want to change the bill – but are willing to talk about it WXIA
Firearms laws are the topic of a planned discussion at Missouri State University featuring two state lawmakers.
The event, co-hosted by MSU and Be Civil Be Heard, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 27 in the Plaster Student Union Theater. Reps. Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, and Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, will be on hand.
“Where should, and shouldn’t, guns be allowed? What restrictions should be placed on gun ownership?” asks a news release. “These are questions that have been hotly debated in Missouri and across the nation.”
Taylor carried a bill last session to allow people with permits for carrying concealed weapons to bring firearms into places now considered gun-free zones, such as colleges, bars, casinos, churches and hospitals. Taylor and others have said gun-free zones are dangerous because they create easy targets.
Taylor and Quade both said campus carry — which is part of Taylor’s bill, and which Quade opposes — was one topic they expected to come up.
Missouri is one of 16 states that ban concealed weapons on campus, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Taylor’s bill was passed by a committee last year but did not make it to the House floor. He said he planned to refile that bill with some small changes.
Gun safety restrictions related to recent mass shootings might also be discussed, Taylor said.
Elizabeth Dudash-Buskirk, a socio-political communication professor at MSU and the event organizer, said potential nuances up for debate include the level of control individual schools could have and the differences between college, high school and elementary school.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with these two state representatives so far,” Dudash-Buskirk said. “They have been cooperative and willing and open. I could not have asked for better citizen advocates.”
Other topics could be submitted by audience members. The event is “civility-certified” and participants are asked to abide by rules such as being respectful, inclusive and accountable. The full list of rules is available at becivilbeheard.org.
Other gun-related proposals from last session included bills that would:
- Allow people who are authorized to carry firearms to sue businesses that prohibit guns on their premises if injured in a gun-free zone (Rep. Nick Schroer, R-O’Fallon)
- Create a specific docket in a Kansas City-area court for people charged with weapons offenses (Rep. Kevin Corlew, R-Kansas City)
- Require people who lose a gun to report the loss or theft of the firearm to local law enforcement within three days (Rep. Bruce Franks, D-St. Louis)
- Criminalize the sale of guns to anyone on the federal No Fly List (Rep. Doug Beck, D-St. Louis County)
- Require all firearm sales and transfers to be conducted through licensed firearm dealers (Rep. Stacey Newman, D-St. Louis County)
- Prevent sales of firearm ammunition to minors (Newman)
- Require people to obtain permits from their local sheriff before buying a gun (Newman)
- Allow people who do not properly secure firearms to be charged with endangering the welfare of a child (Newman)
- Put limits on firearms possession for people guilty of domestic violence offenses (Newman)
- Require people who buy firearms to meet with people affected by gun violence and other provisions (Newman)
- Allow federally-licensed firearms dealers to skip running a background check when selling to people with valid CCW permits (Rep. Andrew McDaniel, R-Deering)
- Allow lawful gun-owners to store and transport firearms in private vehicles parked in garages or lots and exempt them from legal liability (Rep. Justin Hill, R-Lake St. Louis)
- Bar people convicted of or subject to court orders related to domestic violence from owning guns (McCreery)
- Create an income tax deduction up to $500 for the cost of firearms education (Rep. Steven Roberts, D-St. Louis)
- Decriminalize possession of a concealed firearm in certain locations (Moon)
- Make it a crime to fail to prevent illegal gun possession or notify a school of firearm ownership (Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City)
- Make it a felony to sell a handgun without waiting a day or receiving the results of a criminal background check (Sen. Jill Schupp, D-St. Louis County).