The proposal passed in the Republican led House by a wide margin of 122-31 and in the Senate 23-8.
Registered voters in Missouri will vote on the amendment during the election in November unless a special election is called by Governor Jay Nixon.
The following is the proposed amendment:
That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned[; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons]. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those duly adjudged mentally infirm by a court of competent jurisdiction.
This amendment would define the right to bear arms as “unalienable” and would require the State of Missouri to defend against any infringement of that right. Defending one’s family with a firearm will be considered a constitutional right.
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