“You mean to tell me that I can’t carry my handgun — with or without a permit — in my kid’s daycare when I pick them up at the end of the day unless I have prior permission?”
I wish that this was an unusual question for me to have to answer, as another Missourian called our office this week, outraged about all of the “Gun Free Zones” here in our state!
But it’s not.
The truth is, Missourians are fired up as they learn more and more about just how many areas we still can’t carry a defensive firearm in, even after passage of Constitutional Carry legislation this year!
Churches, schools, daycares, most sports arenas, hospitals, many restaurants — the list goes on and on.
All told, there are nearly 20 different areas where you and I would be considered criminals for carrying a concealed firearm in, whether or not we have permits!
But do you think that these “Gun Free Zone” signs would ever stop a madman with a gun?
Of course not. You know it. I know it. And the legislature knows it.
That’s why 2017 needs to be the year that we roll back these “Gun Free Zones,” which do nothing but put a big target on the backs of dangerous predators looking to inflict a body count!
You can do your part by signing your petition to the legislature, calling on them to pass this crucial legislation next session. More on that in a moment.
As we prepare to get back in session next month, I’m pleased to announce that MOFC will be working closely with Rep. Jered Taylor (R-HD139) from Springfield on repealing these deadly ‘gun free zones.’
Rep. Taylor will be introducing this crucial legislation in the coming weeks, taking over the helm from Rep. Eric Burlison who led the charge for us in 2016, but has retired from the House due to term limits.
Now, with a Republican Governor and massive majorities in both chambers of the legislature, it should be simple to change this dangerous provision of Missouri code.
But it won’t.
In fact, I’m expecting that we’ll have to push hard to get this bill moving forward in 2017, as some Capitol insiders are already saying that “we gave gun owners enough this year.”
I don’t know about you, but the fight for our Constitutional freedoms never ends — especially when there are countless places where you and I have to choose to either be a criminal or be disarmed in public!
The truth is, the vicious animals that target law abiding citizens in these mass shootings look for so-called “Gun Free Zones” because they know that the chances of meeting armed resistance is so small.
Just consider these examples:
>>> June 12, 2016, a terrorist named Omar Mateen shot up the Orlando nightclub where guns were not allowed, killing 49 innocent people;
>>> December 2, 2015, two married terrorists, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, launched an attack at an office complex in San Bernardino, CA, where guns were not allowed, killing 14 innocent people;
>>> October 1, 2015, a deranged college student named Chris Mercer came into a classroom at the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR, where guns are not allowed, and opened fire, killing 9 innocent people;
>>> June 17, 2015, a racist named Dylann Roof opened fire in a Charleston, SC church during a prayer service, an area specifically off-limits to guns, killing 9 innocent people.
Notice the targets?
Churches. Schools. Restaurants/clubs — the very places where we can’t carry in Missouri.
That’s why we need to pass this legislation now, before a mass tragedy hits here in Missouri!
But if you and I learned anything in 2016, it’s that nothing moves in Jefferson City unless it’s pushed.
That’s why your grassroots involvement is absolutely crucial as we prepare for the 2017 session!
And when you’re done, please renew your membership in the Missouri Firearms Coalition!
The truth is, we spent ourselves down to a dangerously low level in our fight to pass Constitutional Carry legislation earlier this year.
To be able to mobilize Missouri gun owners to this fight we need to have the resources to get the word out via email, Facebook, and direct mail!
What’s more, if you renew at a Silver Level or higher, we’ll be happy to rush you your MOFC T-Shirt absolutely free of charge. We’ll even cover the shipping and handling!
Either way, please sign your petition right away and get ready for a busy 2017 legislative session!
Dr. Curt Frazier
Chairman of the Board
P.S. With madmen targeting so-called ‘Gun Free Zones’ for their murderous rampages, it’s vital that you and I repeal the deadly areas where you and I can’t carry — even after passage of Constitutional Carry legislation!
That’s why we’re partnering with Rep. Jered Taylor (R-HD139) to introduce legislation in the upcoming session to do away with these dozens of areas in Missouri code.
Unlike the anti-gun lobby in Jefferson City, we’re not funded by out-of-state billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, but rather by grassroots gun owners just like you.
You’ve backed us every step of the way in 2016. And to thank you, I’ll send you a free T-Shirt and member decal if you renew at the Silver Level or above!