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  •  OT - Knowing the law - Missouri gun law (9+ / 0-)

    A resource for gun laws and how they are changing

    To push back against false memes we all need to know which laws apply. The best single resource I have found is the Law Center for Prevention of Gun Violence.

    They have a well organized website where you can search gun laws by federal, state, or policy. They have excellent digests of Heller and MacDonald and are tracking all the gun laws that are currently percolating up to SCOTUS.
    They are also tracking changes to gun laws proposed by some states and local jurisdictions.

    Here's their digest of Missouri gun laws:

    Last updated April 3, 2012
    In our publication Gun Laws Matter 2012: Understanding the Link Between Weak Laws and Gun Violence, the Law Center ranked each state based on a review of state laws in 29 different firearms-related policy areas.

    Missouri ranked 27th out of 50 – having enacted few gun violence prevention laws. Among other things, Missouri does not:

        •    Require a background check prior to the transfer of a firearm between unlicensed parties;
        •    Prohibit the transfer or possession of assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles or large capacity ammunition magazines;
        •    Require firearms dealers to obtain a state license;
        •    Require gun owners to obtain a license, register their firearms, or report lost or stolen firearms;
        •    Limit the number of firearms that may be purchased at one time;
        •    Impose a waiting period on firearm purchases;
        •    Regulate unsafe handguns (“junk guns” or “Saturday night specials”);
        •    Significantly regulate ammunition;
        •    Allow local governments to regulate firearms; or
        •    Give local law enforcement discretion to deny a concealed carry endorsement.

    In 2009, Missouri ranked 13th among the states in number of gun deaths per capita. 822 people died from firearm-related injuries in Missouri in that year. In both 2008 and 2009, Missouri had the highest rate of black homicide victimization among the 50 states, according to an analysis performed by the Violence Policy Center.

    In addition, based on data published by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, an unusually high proportion of guns that are originally sold in Missouri and are recovered after being used in crimes are recovered soon after the original purchase – a good indicator of crime gun trafficking.

    If you want to know more about handgun licensing in Missouri, from the RKBA perspective, go here:

    "They did not succeed in taking away our voice" - Angelique Kidjo - Opening the Lightning In a Bottle concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City - 2003

    by LilithGardener on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 02:54:49 PM PDT

    •  Awesome, thanks! One more state NOT to visit. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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      by Back In Blue on Tue Jul 23, 2013 at 09:40:25 PM PDT

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