Missouri is taking a step in reassuring the Second Amendment with an introduced bill by Representative-elect Nick Schroer. This bill could change the future of America’s cultural views of guns. It would also give guns owners a way to fight back against gun-free zones.
Schroer’s bill will allow gun owners to file lawsuits against businesses that enforce gun-free zones, EagleRising.com reports. The bill addresses gun owners not being able to stop a public attack in a gun-free zone. If a carrier is injured because the carrier isn’t allowed to have a firearm then the carrier can sue the business claiming the injury was avoidable.
The Springfield News-Leader explains it further. It writes that the business assumes custodial responsibility for the safety and defense of any person on the property.
Here is a full copy of the Second Amendment-supporting bill. The bill’s introduction comes several months after Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed passed laws that put restrictions on carrying firearms and use of deadly force.
How The Idea Originated
The Springfield News-Leader reports Schroer doesn’t know any specific past cases the bill would’ve affected, but he mentioned similar examples. The Aurora, Colorado, mass shooting at a movie theater is one event that helped develop the bill. Schroer said the theater being a gun-free zone “almost put a target on the back of all the customers there that had to disarm themselves.” He argued the tragedy would’ve been less effective and not lasted as long had there been any gun carriers in the theater during the attack.
The bill isn’t the first discussion of gun-free zones stopping the good guys from preventing an attack. The bill, however, does present a different way of helping gun owners inch closer to help stop tragic attacks. Schroer did not work alone writing the bill. He told the Springfield News-Leader that the House research staff also worked on the idea. A law in Tennessee is also similar.
Schroer also did research before presenting the bill. The Springfield News-Leader reports he met with owners of small businesses while campaigning. The goal was “to find a happy medium.”
“Hopefully business owners are going to start to looking at these directions,” Schroer told the paper.
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