Missouri lawmakers feeling heat over proposed assault weapons bill

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by Matt Sczesny / News 4

KMOV.com

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 11:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:55 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Some Missouri lawmakers are feeling the heat from gun owners over a bill that would confiscate assault weapons.

Democratic Representatives Rory Ellinger of University City and Jill Schupp of Creve Coeur say they have been flooded with angry emails and calls, some with threatening tones. Some pro-gun websites are also displaying the cell phone numbers of the representatives.

"They're pretty diligent," Ellinger told News 4 in his Jefferson City office. "They found my cell phone number, but I'm not going to let them push me around either."

"They are rude, they are threatening, they are disrespectful," said Representative Shupp. "I'm frankly very disappointed that people would call in to someone who is trying to get a discussion started and make threatening calls.

Both lawmakers say they have reported the messages to Capitol Police.

The proposed law, HB 545, is modeled after the ban passed in New York state and would require all assault weapon owners to remove their guns from the state or turn them in to police in 90 days.

The bill stands virtually no chance of passing in the legislature which is strongly controlled by Republicans.

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