Mayor Sky Thinks Old West Had Tougher Gun Control Laws Than Missouri
July 31, 2014

Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James said the Old Wild West would have tighter gun control laws than Missouri, if the state permits openly carrying of firearms.

James said that as he and the Kansas City Council voted to ban openly carrying guns within the city limits.

“You used to have to drop your guns off at the sheriff’s office when you got to town,” James said.

Kevin Jamsion of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance said the Mayor has his history of the Old West wrong.

“If you read the ‘Oxford History of the American West’, you’ll see those laws were selectively enforced,’ said Jamison.

He added, “Doc Holliday had a concealed weapons permit in Tombstone because he was a friend of the marshal’s.

James says citizens openly carrying guns in Kansas City might make the work of police officers more difficult. They would have to determine if someone with a weapon on display had criminal intentions.

Jamison asked the Mayor to cite any example in Kansas City’s history of an advocate of openly carrying a weapon of doing something unsafe.

James also used the small town of lake Ozark, Missouri as an example of an outstate Missouri community that thought open carry was not fitted for that town either.

The city changed another portion of it gun law.

It re-worked laws to comply with the Missouri laws that permit an intoxicated person to have a firearm. Earlier this year, the Council refused to change its local ordinances on the matter even though the Council was told it had no choice.

The latest Kansas City Council move could place the city on the opposite side of the state’s gun laws again.

Missouri legislators may try to override Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of the open carry law lawmakers passed this session. The veto session takes place in September.

Another member of the Kansas City Council also used the comparison to the Old West.

Councilman Scott Taylor told the council of what one citizen said to him.

“That person said, I love to live in the Midwest. I just don’t want to live in the Old West. And that’s what this would be like, with people walking around with guns,” Taylor said.

Jackson County Prosecutor Worries Of a ” Flood” of Court Battles Over Gun Rights Amendment
July 10, 2014

Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Bakers worries the court could see many lawsuits, if Missouri voters approve a gun rights amendment tithe state constitution next month.
“It is going to bring a flood of litigation. We know that,” Baker told KMBC TV
Baker and the St. Louis County Prosecutor are challenging the wording to Amendment 5, as it’s known, on the ballot.
Baker says some of the wording is imprecise and could jeopardize some criminal cases where firearms are used.
Amendment 5 also declares the right right to keep and bear arms in Missouri is ” an inalienable right”.
Supports says that phrase re-enforces its position in law.
“This is something that law-abiding citizens cannot be deprived of,” said Kevin Jamison, the President of the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance and a practicing attorney.
Another element of the proposal extends the right to bear arm to firearms accessories.
A gun instructor and former law enforcement officer, Don Pind, of the Show Me Shooter gun range says that language is also in the plan to re-enforce gun rights.
A lot of times what happens is that things get changed.”
Something is made illegal that had been legal in the past,” said Pind.
As an example, Pind pointed to efforts to restrict the amount of bullets that can be held in an ammunition magazine.

DOR Gun Hearing Monday, Official Says No Data Went to the Feds
March 8, 2013

hand guns for saleThe controversy over the Missouri Department of Revenue’s (DOR) use of information coming from Concealed Carry Permit applications will be investigated next week by the House Government Oversight Committee.
Chairman Jim Barnes has set a hearing for Monday at noon.
The panel will also look at a new bill filed by Rep. Todd Richardson. It would prohibit DOR from collecting that kind of information.
Earlier this week, a Stoddard County Judge blocked a local fee office from scanning the CCP permit information and sending it to the Revenue Dept. The man’s sheriff-approved CCP application was rejected at the Stoddard County fee office because he refused to permit the clerks to scan and send his information.
Wednesdsay, KMBC TV reported a Kansas City area fee office owners said most of the state’s 183 fee offices also scan and send the information to it to the DOR.
Kevin Jamison, a board member for the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, a 2nd Amendment rights group, called the collection of the information “an invasion of privacy”.
The state’s concealed carry law says the permit information is not public.
The fee office clerks who process the information do not work for the state. They are hired by the private fee office.
Some of the information is also apparently being scanned using a 3rd party contractor’s equipment.

The Revenue Department has offered an explanation for its license offices scanning personal information from concealed carry permit applicants.
A lawsuit was filed in Stoddard County over its license office scanning those documents. A judge then granted an order putting a temporary halt to those scans. Some GOP lawmakers say the scans alone violate state law, and some allege information is being sent to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The issue has been raised to Revenue Department Deputy Director John Mollenkamp at a hearing of the House Budget Committee. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Elizabeth Crisp tweeted some of his remarks on the matter.
Mollenkamp told the Committee that he understands no information is being sent to the federal government. He says scanned information is being sent to a third-party vendor because printers used for licenses are too expensive for the state to own, and says other documents scanned are being sent to the state data center in Jefferson City.
Mollenkamp says more details will be released at Monday’s hearing.

Fee Office Agent: Concealed Weapons Data Collected at Most, If Not All, Offices
March 6, 2013

A Missouri state fee office owner says almost all of the fee offices that handle concealed carry permits collect information from the potential permit holds, in an apparent violation of the state’s law.
The fee agent declined to do an interview with KMBC TV. He said all fee agents were told not to talk to reporters about the matter.
Calls to the Missouri Department of Revenue, which supervises the motor vehicle licensing operations, were not returned. The licensing fee offices are involved in the process because that where permit holders go to a concealed carry permit endorsement on their driver’s license or state ID card.
“It’s a privacy issue”, said Kevin Jamison, a board member for the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, a Second Amendment rights group.
“Its private information,” Jamison added, “a lot of people don’t want their private affairs exposed. A lot of people don’t want others to know they have a license to carry.”
Earlier this week, a Stoddard County judge issued an ordering stopping the practice in that county. A man filed a lawsuit over the mater. He said his sheriff-approved application was rejected at the local DMV office because he refused to let them scan his person information.
The state’s concealed weapons law says that personal data is not public information.
The clerks who process that information do not work for the state. They work for the private fee agent office. Some of the equipment used to collect the information at the local level is provided by a third-party firm, Morphotrust, a company that deals in data collection.
“I think that it’s not public information to know who owns a gun, you know? It should be kept private between that person and the sheriff. It should be kept private,” said Lyle Hermann.
Hermann says he does have a concealed carry permit. He was at a Kansas City area fee office handling some business for his own license and tags.
The controversy over the use of the information has led to at least one bill being filed this week in the legislature to address the issue.
It may also lead to a set of hearings where the current practice may be described by critics as a backdoor effort at gun registration.
Another news organization, Missouri Watchdog, also reported Thursday several fee office employees across the state said their offices were also collecting the same sort of data.

Cleaver Introduces Trayvon Martin Resolution
April 5, 2012

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U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver has introduced a House resolution condemning “vigilante justice” in the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, and urging states to repeal so-called Stand Your Ground laws.
Martin was shot and killed in an altercation with George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer. Zimmerman remains free in part because Florida authorities determined he acted in self-defense, a decision that has prompted scores of demonstrations and further investigations.
Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The resolution — co-sponsored by three Florida House members — accuses Zimmerman of “racial bias” in the shooting.
In a news release, the former Kansas City mayor criticized the Stand Your Ground concept, which generally allows citizens to legally defend themselves without a requirement to retreat.
“It is imperative that we shine a light on this controversial, dangerous, and sometimes deadly law that has been adopted in over 20 states, to protect our communities, and the integrity of our nation’s legal system,” Cleaver said in the statement.
But Kevin Jamison, a lawyer and board member with the Western Missouri Shooters Alliance, accused Cleaver of political posturing.
“He obviously doesn’t understand what Stand Your Ground law means,” Jamison said. “It does not mean shoot everybody you’re scared of. It is not a big change from traditional self-defense grounds.”

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