Mo. state lawmakers: New gun control laws not on the table in af -

Mo. state lawmakers: New gun control laws not on the table in aftermath of Orlando shooting

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The mass shooting in Orlando has sparked another debate about gun control, but Missouri state lawmakers say gun control measures will never pass the state legislature.

The legislature is dominated by rural lawmakers who are adamantly opposed to gun control.

Representative Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, says increased access to guns saves lives.

“I would tell you increased access to guns lowers crime rates, they don’t attack hard targets, they attack soft targets,” said Engler.

State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, is in the minority in the legislature when it comes to her views on gun control. She said she received death threats when she proposed limiting access to semi-automatic weapons.

In the most recent legislative session, the legislature passed bills doing away with regular training for those with conceal and carry permits. The bill, which is awaiting action from Governor Jay Nixon, would make a conceal and carry permit good for life.

Schupp says that bill was part of a push by the gun industry to increase business.

“I do think the NRA, probably led by the gun manufacturers, pushed hard for legislation that expands access to guns in states like Missouri,” said Schupp.

If Nixon vetoes the bill, some believe there are enough votes in the legislature to override that veto.

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