JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Lawmakers proposing gun control legislation could end up in prison under a bill introduced by a Missouri state representative. Rep. Mike Leara, R - St. Louis County, said Tuesday that he has no illusions that his bill actually will pass and become law.
Leara said in a written statement that he introduced it as a matter of principle in defense of gun rights. The legislation filed on Monday would make members of the Legislature guilty of a felony if they introduce legislation restricting gun rights. If convicted, lawmakers could serve prison terms of up to four years.
Leara's measure is the latest in a series of strident gun proposals in Missouri. It comes after a Democratic lawmaker proposed outlawing all assault weapons.
Leara's bill is HB633. You can read it on the Legistlature's website.