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Amendment 5 on Missouri ballot focuses on gun rights in the state

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One of the questions Missouri voters will see on tomorrow's ballot focuses on gun rights in the state.

Lawmakers say the measure would declare the right to bear arms inalienable in Missouri and would subject gun-control measures to strict legal scrutiny.

"It makes it an inalienable right, so it is a right that cannot be taken a way from you without changing the constitution back," said state representative Charlie Davis, District 128.

Davis says the amendment would ensure constitutional protection.

"We do have the right to keep and bear arms, for hunting purposes and also for home and self defense, but it's just a further protection," Davis said.

Lawmakers say if passed, the measure would also protect the right to bear ammunition and accessories to utilize firearms.

"A gun without ammunition is worthless, just like a car without gas serves no purpose," Davis said. "So if we can stand up and protect the rights of Missouri citizens to have the ammunition in conjunction with the guns, then we feel that is a good constitutionally protected measure."

Those who oppose the measure argue it could lead to increased litigation and criminal justice costs.

"I suspect this will end up in court and will end up with all kinds of problems because of people trying to stockpile weapons that are not allowed under federal legislation," said Wynne Krell, Jasper County resident.

Krell says he feels his right to bear arms is already adequately protected.

"There are those people who are opposed to gun ownership, but I am definitely not," Krell said.  "I have my own weapons. I intend to keep them, but I am protected under the US Constitution. I don't have to worry about changing the Missouri state constitution to do that."

Those on both sides of the issue encourage voters to do their own research before entering the polls.

"I would encourage anybody to read the full language of the full proposed amendment and think very carefully about what some of the words would open things up to," Krell said.

"Don't be prejudiced or biased by one organization or even by myself," Davis said.  "You need to read the ballot measures. You need to determine for yourself if that is what you want to do or not."

Amendment 5 is just one of five amendment questions on the ballot for the state of Missouri.

Lawmakers encourage voters to do their research on the other amendments before heading to the polls.
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