KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Several Missouri Democrats, apparently fed up with increasing gun violence, are now taking aim at assault-style weapons. The sponsors, all from the St. Louis area, hope go crack down on high-powered assault-style weapons similar to the ones gunmen used in the deadly, mass school shooting in Connecticut and the movie theatre massacre in Colorado.
“I think it’s ridiculous,” said Ian Beckwish, gun owner. “You’re once again blaming the tool instead of the cause.”
“I don’t think it’s gonna make a difference,” says Lynda Carroll, mother of two adult sons who love firing their weapons.
The bill would require owners of assault-style weapons or large capacity magazines to get rid of them in 90 days or make their firearms permanently inoperable or surrender the weapons to law enforcement. Lawmakers are hoping the measure, if passed, will help make streets safer.
“It doesn’t make a lot of sense,” said Don Pind, a Kansas City gun safety instructor. “They’ve tried banning things like this before and all they did was beat their heads against the wall.”
“I can’t even imagine it (the bill) would get out of a legislative committee, let alone get to the floor of the Missouri house for a vote,” said Democratic Party Consultant Steve Glorioso.