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Missouri Bill Aims to Protect Victims of Domestic Assault

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State Representative Stacey Newman says Missouri is one of the few states lacking basic protections for victims of domestic assault and is confident the bill will pass.

“Most people do agree though that dangerous people who are already on record of, again through domestic violence restraining orders, should not have access to firearms an our focus should be on trying to save lives,” says Newman.

Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson says one of the main challenges he sees with this new bill is how it will intersect with existing Missouri law that protects gun owners."

“Last year the Missouri voters approved Amendment II which made ownership of a weapon an inalienable right. How this and law constitutional provision would go together it would remain to be seen,” says Dankelson.

“What it will do if you have been charged you know with an existing gun crime this allows you to contest those charges. And so yes, Amendment II, is not helpful particularly for those we already know are dangerous,” says Representative Newman.

Newman says 48 women die every month by their intimate partners with firearms in domestic violence situations and Missouri needs to do more to stop it.

“This could be another instrument that law enforcement and victims of domestic violence can use to try to help keep those victims safe,” says Newman.

The bill would allow police to remove a gun from the scene if domestic assault is suspected.

It would would also bar those who have domestic violence restraining orders from obtaining access.

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM News
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