Missouri Bill Would Make It Legal To Give Guns To Kids Without Parent Permission
According to The Hill, the Republican-controlled House in Missouri advanced a bill on Tuesday that would make it legal to give children firearms without their parents’ permission.
- Governor Mike Parson (R) had called lawmakers back for a special session to address crime, the outlet reported, and had “asked the legislature to penalize criminals who unlawfully use firearms, then pass them off on children to avoid detection.”
- But the bill lawmakers came up with is the opposite of what the governor asked, according to the report.
- “It is currently a misdemeanor crime to ‘recklessly’ give a child a gun without their parents’ permission,” The Hill reported, but on Tuesday, “he state House voted to toss out the existing law.”
- The new law would “only make it a felony to give firearms to minors if the intent is to avoid arrest or criminal investigation.”
Republicans reportedly decided to target the law so grandparents or other family members would not be charged for taking kids shooting or hunting without permission.
GOP state Rep. Dean Plocher said the change would protect good-faith actors “so that those that are trying to help their grandson go hunting or something like that are not going to be wantonly charged with a crime.”
- However, Democrats say the bill would take control away from parents, as state Rep. Peter Merideth (D) expressed: “We’re making it easier for people to let kids play with guns without the consent of parents.”
- The Hill reported that the “bill will need another vote of approval before it is sent to the state Senate for consideration.”