Upated: WMSA meeting makes the news

Update: Heard on the 5:00pm radio news by Bill Grady, KMBZ. KMBZ reports the last change to Jackson County ordinance, 5534.2(c), the (c) section, was repealed today on a unanimous vote.

The repeal was reported in the Kansas City Star.

The Kansas City Star finally responded to the report of our meeting last week on the Jackson County ordinance prohibiting shooting in the“urban development tier”. Perhaps they discovered the controversy after it appeared in the column below in the Independence Examiner. The Star’s version makes no mention of WMSA nor of our meeting last Tuesday.  They did have the correct time of the meeting this afternoon at the Independence Court House, 2:00pm.

Last night’s WMSA general meeting had a number of visitors angry about the Jackson County ordinance that prohibited shooting in much of the county’s rural areas. At least 120 people were in attendance to hear MO State Senator Will Kraus (Lee Summit), State Representative Sheila Solon (Blue Springs), Jackson County Legislator Greg Grounds (Blue Springs), Jackson County Mike Sharp and his deputy Col. Hugh Mills.

Jackson County Legislator Greg Grounds admitted that addition of the new section of the ordinance, 5534.2(c), was passed not realizing the unintended consequence of the ordinance. He, and two other county legislators, Bob Spence (Lees Summit) and Fred Arbanas (Lees Summit), will work to get the last change removed. Legislator Grounds said he needs five votes from the nine legislators to repeal the ordinance.

WMSA received some publicity as well. The meeting was covered by a reporter and photographer from the Independence Examiner.

Residents: Repeal shooting ban

By Jeff Fox

Posted Jul. 23, 2014 @ 6:32 am

Independence, Mo.

Dozens of Jackson County residents gathered Tuesday night with a clear message for county legislators: Repeal a ban on shooting on many rural properties.


Jackson County: No shooting

Update: Followup to WMSA meeting here.

Update: A caller to the WMSA hotline asked for the ordinance in Jackson County that prohibits shooting. WMSA President Kevin Jamison answers:

County Ordinance 5534.2  on the Jackson County website.

5534.2 Unlawful Use of Weapons.
No person shall:
a. Possess or discharge a firearm or projectile weapon while intoxicated;
b. Discharge a firearm or projectile weapon in a careless or reckless manner; or
c. Discharge a firearm or projectile weapon:
(1) Anywhere within the area described as the “Urban Development Tier” in the Jackson County Master Plan “Strategy for the Future,” dated January 1994, as amended; or
(2) In a manner so as to allow a projectile to travel beyond the boundaries of the tract of real property from which it was fired onto another tract not under common ownership.
This subsection 5534.2.c shall not apply to any otherwise lawful activity taking place on the grounds of a firing range or gun club as permitted under section 24005.9 of this code or under the duly enacted ordinances of any competent municipal authority within Jackson County. (Ord. 2106, Eff. 6/16/92; Ord. 4595, Eff. 12/02/1


Jackson County quietly passed an ordinance earlier this year prohibiting firing a firearm within the county.

Kevin Jamison, President of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, has this to say.

Jackson County has an ordinance which prohibits shooting in the “urban tier” of the country. There is a map of this urban tier but it takes some effort to get. It does not exempt self-defense. The ordinance was slipped through last December without public notice. It does allow for ranges but does not define them and no county permit for ranges exists. This complicates some of the CCW instructors who have a home range. There was a hearing on a repeal sponsored by County Legislator Greg Grounds. The hearing was continued to 28 July, 2014 at 2:30 in the Jackson County Independence courthouse, in the basement. There were a great number of people there today. That always gets a politician’s attention.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s office says that they did not request this ordinance. It is sending a senior member of the sheriff’s staff to the general membership meeting on 22 July, 2014 at 7 PM at Bass Pro Independence. Spread the word.


Yesterday, Governor Nixon vetoed SB 656 saying it endangered the children. Bloomberg’s Moms Demanding Action were ecstatic.


Reminder: July 22, 2014 WMSA General Meeting

The next General WMSA Meeting is next Tuesday in the Conservation Room in Bass Pro Shops (I-70 & I-470). Due to the recent revelation that Jackson County has banned shooting within the county, we will have a senior member of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office present to discuss the issue.

WMSA General Meeting, Tuesday, July 22nd (4th Tuesday), 2014, 7:00pm @ Bass Pro Shop, lower level Conservation Room, Independence, MO


Third Update on SJR 36 (Amendment 5) lawsuit

Update: July 18, 2014.

From Ron Calzone…

Victory in the Missouri Supreme Court for Amendment 5 (SJR 36) on Friday.

All seven judges agreed to dismiss the ballot title challenge as “moot”, since statutes prohibit the court from making changes to the ballot within 6 weeks of an election.

They did not address the ballot title, itself, since they couldn’t change it even if they found it unfair, but the lower court had previously found it to be fair and sufficient.

The big question now is, “Will Bloomberg and other deep pocket anti-gunners mount a last minute campaign against Amendment 5?”

Kudos to Sen. Kurt Schaefer, who sponsored SJR 36, made it stronger as he shepherded it through the process, and then personally fought for it in court, to victory!

Here’s the opinion: https://www.courts.mo.gov/file.jsp?id=75693

Update: July 11, 2014.

The decision below has been appealed. The initial hearing is scheduled in the Missouri Supreme Court (Jeff City), 1:30 p.m. Monday, July 14, 2014. All interested parties who can attend are urged to do so.

Update from Ron Calzone, July 1, 2014…

Very important Missouri court ruling today. As expected and in accordance with clear precedent, a Cole County judge agreed that the “summary statement” in the ballot title for SJR 36 was “fair and sufficient”. Senator Kurt Schaefer not only sponsored this measure, he has been personally defending it in court. Kudos, Sen. Schaefer!

From the judicial order: Case No. 14AC-CC00310

Dismissal Due to Mootness

Senate Committee Substitute for Senate Joint Resolution No. 36 (SCS SJR 36) has been set for the August 5, 2014, election ballot. August 5, 2014, is less than six weeks from the date of this judgment. Consequently, the Court finds that it is without authority to order the changes to the ballot requested by Plaintiffs, and this matter is hereby dismissed as moot. § 115.125.2, RSMo; see Cole v. Carnahan, 272 S.W.3d 392 (Mo. App. W.D. 2008).

Findings as to the Merits

Following arguments by all interested sides, the Court further finds and concludes that the summary statement prepared by the General Assembly is fair and sufficient.

This should be the end of the battle of the SJR 36, Amendment 5 ballot fight with the liberals.