14 January, 2010

St. Louis County is doing it for the children

St. Louis county chairwoman Barbara Fraser set aside legislation that has many gun rights activists concerned over an obviously illegal measure. Mo state law gives very little power to local jurisdictions over how they may regulate the right to keep and bear arms. The only areas that local entities may set law is where a weapon is discharged and where it may be carried.

There are a number of parts to the bill. The one dealing with guns is thus;

-- "Intentionally or recklessly storing or leaving a loaded firearm or an unloaded firearm and ammunition within the reach or easy access of a child unless such weapon is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant safety device so as to render the weapon inoperable by anyone other than the lawfully authorized user emphasis mine

Lawfully authorized user? What law authorizes me to use a weapon? Kurt Hoffman asks a similiar question about the legality of seeking permission to exercise our natural to defend ourselves and the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Does St. Louis county really wish to enforce something that will ulimately be rejected by the courts?

(H/T to Dana)

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