Senate Committee pulls the trigger on lowering the Conceal and Carry age
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Senate Committee pulls the trigger on lowering the Conceal and Carry age

Date: April 30, 2013
By: Brendan Cullerton
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 170

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A gun right protection bill has passed a Senate Committee by a party line vote, but a St. Louis Senator says the bill is the wrong thing for the city.
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Wrap: The bill would lower the conceal and carry age to 19 and would make it a felony to enforce federal laws that infringe on gun rights.

St. Louis Senator Jamilah Nasheed says the bill does not apply to St. Louis like it does to rural areas in Missouri.

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Description: "They like to hunt animals. We have criminals that like to hunt people."

Republican Representative Casey Guernsey says he thinks the federal government might expand health care laws to include gun control, and he wants to prevent that.

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Description: "To pass legislation through Congress and really shove it down the American citizens throat and then to tie in gun control, that's deplorable."

The bill now moves to the Senate floor.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.

Intro: 
A Senate committee has pulled the trigger on a bill that aims to protect your gun rights from encroaching federal laws. The bill passed a Senate General laws committee by a vote of three to one.
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Wrap: The bill would lower the conceal and carry age limit from 21 to 19 and would make it a class D felony to enforce any federal law infringing on gun rights.

Republican Representative Casey Guernsey says his bill protects the constitution and is not just symbolic legislation.

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Description: "We have guaranteed in the constitutional a right to bear arms, and if you believe one part of the constitution you have to believe all of it."

St. Louis Senator Jamilah Nasheed was the only one to oppose the measure.

Nasheed says St. Louis needs to be more concerned about gun violence than other areas and the Senate needs to focus more on the budget than on gun bills.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Brendan Cullerton.


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