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Missouri House committee debates contentious new gun bills

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More than eight bills were discussed including the possibility of expanding gun rights. (Credit: KMOV) More than eight bills were discussed including the possibility of expanding gun rights. (Credit: KMOV)

More than eight gun-related bills were discussed before a House committee Monday, including the possibility of expanding gun rights.

“We have 75 people coming here today from all over Missouri, Southeast, Jefferson City, Columbia all across the state to tell lawmakers we’ve really had it with gun violence,” said Becky Morgan.

Morgan was the reason the hearing room was standing room only. The Moms Demand Action Group is part of a national effort that is now seizing on an outrage after the shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

“We have seen some increased interest and outage from the shooting in Florida so people are turning in droves,” said Morgan.

Morgan lost her father to gun violence, she spoke out in favor of a bill that would force background checks on private gun sales.

“I definitely take their opinion into consideration, I want to make the best decision for the State of Missouri but looking at the statistics that show we are continually having these mass shootings happen where guns aren’t allowed, we go to fix the problem,” said St. Rep. Jared Taylor.

The only real opposition to gun restrictions in the early half of hearings came from Republican committee members. The GOP has a supermajority in the legislature.

Votes on these bills are expected Tuesday.

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