Springfield MO (Nixa) legislator trying to eliminate gun free zones:
Quoting in case you can’t see it:
A local lawmaker isn’t giving up on increasing the number of places where firearms can be legally carried.
For each of the past two years, Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, has proposed legislation to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns into government buildings and onto college campuses.
If it ever passed, people without permits could bring firearms into places like bars, churches, sporting arenas, day cares and hospitals unless those establishments explicitly prohibit them.
And this week, he began work on a third attempt.
A House committee meeting went almost exactly as it went two years ago, with Taylor testifying that current law leaves “law-abiding citizens” sitting ducks for bad guys.
He and others said under the bill, mass shootings could be cut short by armed Missourians who don’t have to wait for law enforcement intervention.
They also said women on college campuses could better defend themselves from sexual assault.
Democrats on the panel were skeptical, trading barbs with Taylor’s backers and challenging statistics cited in support of the bill.
Rep. Jon Carpenter, D-Kansas City, asked Taylor if he was actually serious about making it easier to bring a gun into bars, casinos and day cares, noting the bill has twice passed committee but has never gone to a full House vote.