Missouri Senate Debates Legislation to Prohibit Red Flag Gun Laws

Missouri Senate Debates Legislation to Prohibit Red Flag Gun Laws

A proposal for an anti-red flag ordinance is being considered by the Missouri Senate. The law would prohibit anyone from having their guns taken away due to a federal protection order or court order.

Bill author Denny Hoskins, a Republican from Warrensburg, dubbed it the Anti-Red Flag Gun Seizure Act.

“What we’ve seen is the federal government weaponize federal agencies like the Department of Justice to go against political opponents, especially President Trump,” he stated. “So, it is happening, the federal government is being weaponized to take away some of our rights. We don’t want that to happen in Missouri.”

Additionally, the bill would prevent municipalities, law enforcement, or public agencies from obtaining federal assistance for the purpose of enforcing court or federal orders to seize firearms or gun accessories.

Missourians, according to Hoskins, have the right to keep and bear arms.

“We don’t want the federal government to come in and have the right or authority or issue an edict to local law enforcement to come and take away certain types of ammunition, certain types of handguns, certain types of rifles or shotguns, he stated. “So, I think this is very important in order to protect our Second Amendment rights.”

Volunteer Kristin Bowen of Moms Demand Action’s Missouri Chapter is against the bill, arguing that Missouri has some of the laxest gun restrictions in the country. She supports stricter gun control legislation.

Sen. Bill Eigel, a fellow Republican from Weldon Spring, carried Hoskins’ bill the previous year. Due to a fatal shooting, it was not passed by a General Laws committee due to poor timing.

The bill may shortly be discussed in the Senate.