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“What if the waiting period for abortions and other restrictions passed by the Missouri General Assembly were applied to gun purchases in Missouri? That’s a novel idea…”

Representative Stacey Newman (D) [2017 file photo]

Representative Stacey Newman (D) [2017 file photo]

One of the bills filed by Representative Stacey Newman (D) has a few familiar requirements in it:

HB 366
Establishes guidelines a person must follow to purchase a firearm in the state of Missouri
Sponsor: Newman, Stacey (087)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2017
LR Number: 0228H.01I
Last Action: 01/05/2017 – Read Second Time (H)
Bill String: HB 366
Next Hearing: Hearing not scheduled
Calendar: Bill currently not on a House calendar

The bill summary:

HB 366 — FIREARMS [pdf]
This bill requires a firearm purchaser to undergo a background check, sign consent forms, receive parental consent, and be provided with specified information mandated by the state including physician information on the risks of firearm misuse and videos and pictures depicting firearm injuries and victims prior to the purchase. After a firearm purchase he or she must meet with specified individuals who have been a victim or associated with a victim of violence. The firearm dealer shall provide the purchaser with specified information including alternatives to purchasing a firearm which includes materials regarding peaceful and nonviolent conflict resolution. This bill is similar to HB 1397 (2016).

The bill text:

HOUSE BILL NO. 366 [pdf]

0228H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk


To amend chapter 571, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to firearm purchases.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:
Section A. Chapter 571, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 571.700, to read as follows:
571.700. 1. (1) Prior to any firearm purchase in this state, a prospective firearm purchaser shall, at least seventy-two hours prior to the initial request to purchase a firearm from a licensed firearm dealer located at least one hundred twenty miles from such purchaser’s legal residence, confer and discuss with a licensed physician the indicators and contraindicators and risk factors, including any physical, psychological, or situational factors, that may arise with the proposed firearm purchase. Such physician shall then evaluate the prospective firearm purchaser for such indicators and contraindicators and risk factors and determine if such firearm purchase would increase such purchaser’s risk of experiencing an adverse physical, emotional, or other health reaction.
(2) At the conclusion of the conference required under subdivision 1 of this subsection, if the prospective firearm purchaser chooses to proceed with the firearm purchase, the licensed physician conducting such conference shall sign and require the prospective firearm purchaser to sign a written statement that such purchaser is fully aware of all physical, psychological, or situational factors of such purchase.
2. No firearm purchase shall be allowed without voluntary, informed consent, given freely and without coercion. 3. A licensed firearm dealer shall orally inform the purchaser of a firearm the following, and reduce it to writing:
(1) The name and license number of the licensed firearm dealer;
(2) The immediate and long-term medical risks associated with firearms, along with medical descriptions and photographs of fatal firearm injuries, as collected by emergency pediatric medical professionals, law enforcement, and prosecutors’ offices;
(3) Alternatives to purchasing a firearm, which shall include materials about peaceful and nonviolent conflict resolution; and
(4) A statement that the dealer is available to answer any questions concerning the purchase of a firearm, together with the telephone number of the dealer where the dealer may be reached to answer any questions the purchaser may have.
4. The prospective firearm purchaser shall obtain written consent of his or her parents in order to qualify for the purchase of any firearm.
5. Prior to the sale of any firearm, a purchaser shall:
(1) Be required to view a thirty-minute video on fatal firearm injuries, as collected by urban medical professionals, law enforcement, and local prosecutors, and verify in writing he or she viewed the entire video in the presence of a licensed firearm dealer. Such video shall be approved by the department of public safety; and (2) Verify in writing by a licensed physician that the purchaser has toured an emergency trauma center in the nearest qualified urban hospital on a weekend between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when gun violence victims are present.
6. Within seventy-two hours of a firearm purchase, the prospective firearm purchaser shall meet with at least two families who have been victims of violence involving a firearm and two local faith leaders who have officiated, within the past year, a funeral of a victim of violence involving a firearm who was under the age of eighteen.

[emphasis in original]

I don’t think they’ll understand.


HB 1397: wait for it, wait for it (December 5, 2015)