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.

Nixon Vetoes Teachers With Guns Bill
July 15, 2014

(AP) – Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed legislation Monday that would have allowed specially trained teachers to carry concealed guns, asserting that the move could jeopardize student safety in public schools.

The veto by the Democratic governor sets up a potential showdown with the Republican-led Legislature, which could override Nixon if it gets a two-thirds vote of both chambers during a September session.

Nixon announced the veto with a written statement on the deadline day for him to take action on bills passed earlier this year.

“Arming teachers will not make our schools safer,” he said. “I have supported and will continue to support the use of duly authorized law enforcement officers employed as school resource officers, but I cannot condone putting firearms in the hands of educators who should be focused on teaching our kids.”

The Missouri legislation called for allowing public school districts to designate certain teachers or administrators as “school protection officers,” who would undergo special training to carry concealed weapons.

Supporters contend that armed school personnel could save students’ lives by responding to an attacker without waiting precious minutes for police to arrive.

“I am disappointed this governor, who was all but absent during the process, has chosen to veto a bill designed to protect our children,” said sponsor Will Kraus, R-Lee’s Summit.

House Up Next, Mo. Senate Overrides Nixon Tax Cut Veto
May 5, 2014

AP) – Missouri’s Republican-led Senate voted Monday to override the veto of an income tax cut by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon, setting the stage for a final showdown in House to determine whether the tax cut will become law.

The Senate’s 23-8 party-line vote was just enough to meet the constitutional requirement of a two-thirds majority. But for the override to succeed in the House, majority Republicans will need to vote as a block and get the support of at least one Democrat.

Democratic Rep. Keith English, of the St. Louis suburb of Florissant, said Monday that he plans to support the bill on the veto override vote.

The legislation would gradually reduce Missouri’s top individual income tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and phase in a new 25 percent deduction for business income reported on personal tax returns. The incremental tax cuts would begin in 2017, but only if state revenues continue to grow.

While vetoing the bill last week, Nixon denounced it as an “ill-conceived, fiscally irresponsible experiment” that could jeopardize funding for public education and state services. Senate Democrats echoed those concerns Monday

Nixon Defend Sexual Predator Law Veto in Kansas City
August 22, 2013

(AP) — A Missouri bill removing the names of juvenile sex offenders from public registries could affect hundreds more people than originally estimated and help hide the whereabouts of some high-profile offenders, Gov. Jay Nixon said Wednesday.

The Democratic governor pointed to new figures and specific examples of sex offenders as he traveled to St. Louis and Kansas City to try to build a case for why legislators should sustain his veto of the bill when they convene Sept. 11. Republican House leaders have said the measure is a likely target for a veto override, noting that it passed originally with overwhelmingly support.

Under the bill, people who are younger than 18 when they commit sex offenses would no longer appear on law enforcement websites that list the home addresses and physical description of sex offenders. Adults who are currently listed because of sex offenses committed as juveniles also could be removed from the public registry five years after their convictions or release from prison.

Supporters of the bill have said the public registries leave a permanent mark on adults who may have been convicted as teenagers for consensual sexual activities with younger juveniles. They have said such people deserve a second chance outside of the public spotlight.

The bill passed the House 153-0 and the Senate 28-4 earlier this year.

Nixon has said the legislation would weaken state laws and undermine public safety.

When Nixon vetoed the bill in early July, he cited estimates that 560 people who committed sex offenses as juveniles could be eligible to be removed from the registry, which has a total of about 13,500 offenders. On Wednesday, Nixon raised the estimate of those who could be removed from the list to 870 offenders – a greater than 50 percent increase from what was originally estimated.

“The leadership of the House may be ready to help violent sex offenders hide from the public and law enforcement, but their victims, and the millions of Missourians who use these websites to help keep their families safe, are not,” Nixon said.

The governor’s office distributed information about specific sex offenders who could be removed from the list if lawmakers were to override his veto. Among them is Daniel Winfrey, who was 15 years old in April 1991, when sisters Julie and Robin Kerry were raped and killed at the Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River in the St. Louis area. Winfrey pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and rape after agreeing to testify against several others involved in the crime.

Other offenders that the governor’s office cited as likely to be removed from the public registry included men who had been convicted as juveniles of rape, sexual assault and sodomy against children who were ages 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste said the legislation would benefit people who committed “heinous” acts.

“These aren’t Romeo and Juliet people we’re talking about here,” Holste said.

Nixon Vetoes Gun Bill that Restrict the Federal Gun Laws
July 5, 2013

(AP)-– Governor Jay Nixon vetoed House Bill 436 on Friday. The bill, that would have established the ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act,’ would have criminalized federal agents enforcing federal gun laws. Nixon said the bill was constitutionally impermissible in a press release, citing the supremacy clause.
If the bill had passed, federal agents could have been charged with a class A misdemeanor for enforcing any law that “sought to infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.”
Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R-Eureka) said that he wants to override Nixon’s veto. He told the Associated Press that he is “shocked and astounded.” Furthermore, he believes that a super-majority of Missourians want their elected officials to override the bill.
Aside from the supremacy clause, Nixon also brought up other issues he had with the bill. One was that the bill would have made it a crime for media to publish photos of gun rights supporters at rallies or of young Missourians harvesting their first turkey or deer.
Additionally, a reporter could be subject to jail time or a fine for publishing the name of a burglary victim that had his or her firearm stolen. They could also be barred from attaching their name to any story if they were a gun owner. Nixon summed up his dissent by stating:
“Putting aside the perplexing paradox of seeking to protect one constitutional right by so significantly diminishing another, curtailing speech in such a manner clearly violates the free exercise of speech protected by state and federal constitutions.”
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker praised the veto, claiming that the bill had dangerous consequences.
“Some may have called this legislation gun-friendly, but its true impact would be crime-friendly for urban residents,” Baker stated in a release. “The idea of limiting federal agents’ abilities to deal with such hardened criminals is foolish and would have only made our streets more dangerous.”
If Jones’ call to override the veto is heard it will have to occur during a September session and would require a two-thirds vote to ratify.