In a news release a few hours ago, the Missouri Times reports the Missouri Supreme Court has upheld Amendment 5 that was passed in 2014. Out-of-states liberals and St. Louis PD Chief Sam Dotson are furious at their loss before the Court.
June 30, 2015
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Missouri Supreme Court knocked down a legal challenge to Amendment 5, a 2014 measure that expanded Missouri gun rights and that opponents said would endanger citizens.
In August of 2014, primary voters overwhelmingly approved Amendment 5, which read: “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?”
Republicans across Missouri largely rallied behind the measure as an expansion of Second Amendment rights. Sen. Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, and a 2016 candidate for Attorney General, has vehemently defended the legislation, which he championed in the Senate. Schaefer argued the case before the court himself, along with briefs submitted on behalf of Missourians Protecting the Second Amendment, and separate briefs filed by Senate Pro Tem Tom Dempsey, Senate Majority Leader Ron Richard, and former House Speaker Tim Jones.
The law’s challengers, which included St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, argued to the court that the ballot language was insufficient and unfair and failed to place the question before voters impartially.
In a summary, the court said the ballot language was clear and ultimately upheld Schaefer’s argument: “It was not insufficient or unfair for the ballot title not to include reference to the amendment’s three provisions regarding strict scrutiny, concealed weapons, or ammunition and accessories.”