Thanks to a bill introduced by state Rep. Mike Lear (R-MO), we know the legislative language that would be used to describe a scenario in which the 2nd Amendment took the 1st Amendment aside and fired round after round of hollow point bullets into its lifeless body.
It would read much like the legislative summary of Lear's proposal: "HB633 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."
So if you're a pro-gun control member of the Missouri General Assembly, best to watch out.
One day you're just a law-abiding state legislator, sponsoring milquetoast bills like ones that require "all sales or transfers of firearms be processed through a licensed firearms dealer" and patiently waiting for some Member of Congress to die so you can run for higher office and get the hell out of Carson City. The day after Lear's legislation goes into effect, your bill becomes contraband and you're looking at a sentence "not to exceed four years," without having even engaged in some fun/profitable corruption that could have made the prison term worthwhile.
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