Missouri House Bill 96 is the kind of tort reform that gun owners could get behind. Stealing an idea suggested by Prof. Glenn Reynolds at the NRA convention in 2015, it would make businesses that ban firearms financially responsible for injuries from shootings that occur on their property. On Monday, the Show-Me State’s legislature heard testimony on that and several House gun bills, playing to a standing room only crowd.
Does this mean that Dan Zimmernan’s old home state is on the cusp of sensible gun reform? Unfortunately the sponsor of the bill is skeptical of its chances going forward. Rep. Nick Schroer remarked that the timing of the bill makes it unlikely to pass this year.
The likelihood of this passing through this (General Laws) committee, the next committee and then getting to the (House) floor with the priorities that we have and the bills that are coming over from the Senate, you know, common sense would state that it’s probably not going to pass this year.
If the bill passes, it would be the first of its kind in the country. In 2016, gun owners initially celebrated the passage of what was thought to be a similar law in Tennessee. But as Breitbart’s AWR Hawkins uncovered, last-minute legislative chicanery from Republican Representative Brian Kelsey changed the language of the bill and completely subverted its intent.
The Bloomberg-funded Astroturf organization styled “Moms Demand Action” testified against the bill, as did the Kansas City Chiefs. Stay tuned.