The Missouri Senate is considering an anti-red flag law proposal. The bill would prevent guns being taken away from anyone because of a court order or federal protection order.

Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warrensburg, called his bill the Anti-Red Flag Gun Seizure Act.

“What we’ve seen is the federal government weaponize federal agencies like the Department of Justice to go against political opponents, especially President Trump,” he said. “So, it is happening, the federal government is being weaponized to take away some of our rights. We don’t want that to happen in Missouri.”

The bill would also block public agencies, law enforcement, or municipalities from receiving federal funding to enforce federal or judicial orders to confiscate guns or gun accessories. 

Hoskins argued that Missourians have a right to keep and bear arms. 

“We don’t want the federal government to come in and have the right or authority or issue an edict to local law enforcement to come and take away certain types of ammunition, certain types of handguns, certain types of rifles or shotguns,” he said. “So, I think this is very important in order to protect our Second Amendment rights.”

Kristin Bowen, a volunteer with the Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action opposes the bill, stating that Missouri has some of the weakest gun laws in the United States. She argued for stronger gun laws.

Hoskins’ bill was carried by fellow Republican, Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, last year. Poor timing prevented it from passing a General Laws committee due to a deadly shooting.

The Senate could debate this bill soon.

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