Breaking news: Missouri’s Amendment 5 survives another challenge.

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.

Court backs Schaefer on gun amendment

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.

Senator Kurt SchaeferThe 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.”

 

 

New Rasmussen poll: People like guns

Here’s an interesting bit of information from Rasmussen. Follow the link and read the column. It may surprise some folks.

Rasmussen Friday: Americans like living where guns are allowed

Dave Workman, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner, June 12, 2015,  11:08 AM MST

Rasmussen Reports today revealed that an overwhelming majority of American voters “prefer living in a neighborhood where they have the option of owning a gun than to live where nobody is allowed to be armed.”

Follow the link, here, and read the entire column.
 

Our next battleground?

I doubt it, at least here in Missouri. Our supporters in Jeff City outnumber the gungrabbers in St. Louis, Columbia and Kansas City. Still, it’s a reminder that we must always be vigilant. The title of the article below is a bit of misnomer. It’s not what SCOTUS did, it’s what SCOTUS didn’t do.

SCOTUS decision will open door to ‘safe storage’ initiatives

Dave Workman, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner

Yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to turn down an appeal of restrictive gun laws in San Francisco throws the door open to more billionaire-funded initiatives to require so-called “safe storage” of firearms, and push for bans on some of the most common ammunition available for hunting, self-defense and competition.

You can read the entire column here.

 

May WMSA General Meeting coming up

General Membership Meeting
is normally the 4th Tuesday of every odd-numbered month

Door prizes and drawings every meeting.

OUR NEW LOCATION

Bass Pro Stop Conservation Conference Room, Lower Level

18001 Bass Pro Drive
Independence, MO 64055

Next WMSA general membership meeting

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 (Day after Memorial Day)
7:00 PM

Bass Pro Shop, I-70 and I-470

Independence, MO

 

Note: we have secured the Bass Pro Shop meeting location for all of 2015.

 

HB 188 – An attack against Missouri’s grassroots organizations

Update: HB 188, renumbered HB 222, failed to pass in the legislature. The bill never had a hearing.

HB 188 has been prefiled in Jefferson City by Representative Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia). It’s stated purpose is for ethics reform. On the contrary, the bill, if passed, would require the disclosure of membership and donor lists of 501.C4 organizations, like WMSA, who spends at least 25% of their budget on political issues.

As stated on our website and Facebook group, WMSA’s purpose is to support and defend gun owners and firearm rights. This bill, if passed, would require WMSA to disclose our membership and donor lists. WMSA will rigorously defend our privacy and that of our members and donors. We solicit the support of our members, and that of other affected organizations who will also be affected by this bill.

Board of Directors

Western Missouri Shooters Alliance

The bill was discussed in the following article that appeared in the Columbia Daily Tribune on Sunday, December 28, 2014.

Diehl endorses bill requiring political not-for-profits to reveal donors

By Rudi Keller, Sunday, December 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

A bill introduced by Rep. Caleb Rowden to force more disclosure of political spending received a significant endorsement last week when incoming House Speaker John Diehl said it is a priority for inclusion in a package of changes to state ethics laws.

Rowden’s bill would require corporations or other entities formed under state business laws to report the sources of their funds when spending to influence elections exceeds 25 percent of their annual budget. The bill, said Rowden, R-Columbia, is intended to exempt entities with a wide range of activities from disclosure while putting a spotlight on those with a primary purpose of influencing elections.

Most political spending in Missouri is done by committees defined in law and required to report donations and expenses to the Missouri Ethics Commission. But when an individual, labor union, corporation or a not-for-profit organization spends money directly to influence voters, only the amount spent, not the source of the money, is disclosed.

The complete article can be found on the Columbia Daily Tribune website.

You may read the bill as filed by following the link below.

http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0188I.PDF