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Volunteers with Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action Supported Lawmakers in Their Efforts to Stop Bills That Would Have Threatened Public Safety
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Volunteers with the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement after the Missouri legislature adjourned Friday without passing any of a slate of dangerous gun bills.
“I’m so proud of the work we did side by side with lawmakers to keep our state safe,” said Becky Morgan, volunteer leader with the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “This session was a victory for the gun violence prevention movement in Missouri.”
The defeated bills include:
HB 575, legislation that would have allowed colleges to arm faculty members, forced public colleges to allow people to carry concealed handguns on campus and allowed concealed handguns in some private K-12 schools.
HB 258 and SB 121, dangerous legislation that would have allowed people to carry hidden, loaded handguns in some of Missouri’s most sensitive areas — including college campuses, bars, sports arenas and daycares — and would have even allowed people to bring concealed handguns onto private property posted with signs prohibiting firearms.
This legislative session, the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action supported lawmakers pushing gun violence prevention legislation by:
Urging legislators to hold a hearing on HB 960, legislation that would have protected domestic violence victims from gun violence.
Organizing an advocacy day at the State Capitol with dozens of Moms Demand Action volunteers to meet with legislators and support common-sense gun legislation.
Consistently testifying before legislative committees in opposition to bills that would threaten public safety in Missouri.
Driving thousands of calls and digital messages educating lawmakers about dangerous bills and urging them to prioritize gun sense.
Did you know?
The U.S. gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than that of other high-income countries.
Grinshteyn, E. and Hemenway, D. “Violent Death Rates in the US Compared to Those of the Other High-income Countries, 2015.” Preventive Medicine. (2019). https://bit.ly/3kyfsSs