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- Bill: MO HB 235 - Requires Gun Owners to Report Lost or Stolen Firearms Under Threat of Fines and Imprisonment
- Position: Opposed
Author: Rep. Bruce Franks Jr. (D-78)
This useless and offensive bill serves no purpose other than to fine and imprison gun owners who fail to comply with the state’s absurd requirement that they report their lost or stolen firearms within 72 hours of discovering the loss.
This is a classic case of punishing the victim over the criminal. People who suffer a loss of property have done nothing wrong, and should not be subject to punitive action. What’s more, such losses of property often occur during times when the owners cannot possibly be aware of the loss, such as while they are vacationing.
Therefore, it is unconscionable to subject the law abiding to criminal penalties in circumstances where they cannot even comply with the law.
UPDATE: Victory for the Second Amendment! HB 235 failed!