New bill discourages gun bans from businesses -

New bill discourages gun bans from businesses

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( -

An incoming freshman Missouri state lawmaker is proposing a bill aimed at discouraging businesses from banning guns.

State Representative Elect Nick Schroer (R) of St. Peters has already filed the bill, HB 96, in Jefferson City.

"Putting that no gun sign on the door puts a target on the back of people coming in there," Schroer says.

Schroer’s bill would not force businesses to allow guns, but would open them up to being sued if anyone inside is hurt in a crime or attacked by an animal, and if a gun would have protected them.

The bill does have exemptions, Schroer says, for bars, sports stadiums and amusement parks, zoos and churches.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson says he hasn't seen the bill, but he says more guns is never the answer.

The Missouri Legislature begins the new session on January 4.

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