Jackson Co. prosecutor sends letter warning of ‘unintended consequences’ of gun resolution

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Jean Peters Baker wrote a letter warning of a special resolution on the right to bear arms before Missouri lawmakers.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In a letter to the Missouri General Assembly, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker expressed her concern about the wording of Missouri Senate Resolution 36, which is meant to strengthen Missouri’s protection of a citizen’s right to bear arms.

Peters-Baker is concerned about the unintended consequences the wording could pose.

“The proposed language has the potential to give gang members, drug dealers, domestic abusers and other criminals a right to carry guns,” she said.

She says criminals will seek protection under SJR-36 to carry guns.

In a YouTube video from GoGateWay.org, Missouri Senator Kurt Schaefer, R-Columbia, explained the change.

“What we’re doing with this joint resolution is adding some language. It currently says ‘The right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property is a right that exists,’ but we’re adding to that is the right to keep and bear arms and we’re adding the words ‘ammunition and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms.’ Also to the things that you can use arms to defend, which already in the Constitution is home, person and property, we are adding the word ‘family’ to that,” said Schaefer.

In her letter to Rep. Timothy Jones, Peters-Baker states:

“The Constitution and laws of our State already protect the hunter, the lawful citizen, and those acting in self-defense. This Resolution provides them no new protection. Unfortunately the only ones that stand to benefit from this new language are gang members, drug dealers, domestic abusers, and other criminals.”

Click here to read the full letter.

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  • n_slash_a

    Jean Peters-Baker is a LOW INFORMATION USEFUL IDIOT.

    Guns don’t kill people, murderers kill people. If you don’t like guns, then move to Chicago, or “Chiraq” as people there are calling it, due to the massive amount of violence despite the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

    You can’t legislate away evil. You can’t legislate away violence. All you can do is empower people to defend themselves so criminals are too afraid of the people to commit crimes.

  • WhySoSerious

    If there were no people left on earth and there were guns lying around everywhere, I ask you, How many guns would shoot other guns? None so it’s the people that are the problem! Go hug a tree JPB!

  • squeaky wheeler

    I feel pretty confident that the criminals would get guns regardless of language included in a bill.

    As a positive for her, I’m very glad that she actually read it unlike her congressional counterparts. ;-)

  • larry heslop

    a criminal, gangbanger, or deranged individual could claim a need to protect family is these changes are made. a judge could side with this constitutional right if petitioned to do so. can of worms! where is the need?


    Um criminals don’t need a law to carry, we do… We the people that abide by laws need to protect those rights, this law doesn’t protect criminals this is stupid political spin from a county official that wouldn’t issue carry permits if they didn’t HAVE to…