By Johnny Kampis | Missouri Watchdog
ST. LOUIS – Legislation proposed by some Missouri Democrats would make felons of many gun-owning Missourians.
Reps. Rory Ellinger, D-University City, and Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, introduced House Bill 545 this week, which would ban the possession, sale, transfer and manufacture of some semi-automatic rifles and magazines that could hold more than 10 rounds.
Under this legislation, Show Me State residents in possession of prohibited firearms and ammunition would have 90 days from the effective date of the bill to surrender, destroy or remove them from the state.
Those who failed to comply could be charged with a Class C felony, which under Missouri law carries a jail term of up to seven years.
The prohibition would not apply to members of law enforcement or the military or those who manufacture firearms and ammunition for those groups.
The bill would seem to stand a snowball’s chance of passage in the heavily Republican Missouri General Assembly.
No one answered the phone in the Capitol offices of both Ellinger and Schupp Thursday afternoon when Missouri Watchdog attempted to reach them for comment.