SJR 36 Modifies constitutional provisions regarding the right to keep and bear arms
Sponsor: Schaefer Co-Sponsor(s)
LR Number: 4598S.02T Fiscal Note available
Committee: Judiciary and Civil and Criminal Jurisprudence
Last Action: 5/30/2014 - Delivered to Secretary of State Journal Page: S1855
Title: SCS SJR 36 Calendar Position:
Effective Date: Upon voter approval
House Handler: Diehl

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Current Bill Summary

SCS/SJR 36 - This proposed constitutional amendment, if approved by voters, modifies provisions regarding the right to keep and bear arms. This amendment provides that a citizen has the right to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of their family, in addition to the current rights in defense of home, person and property. The amendment removes language stating that the right to keep and bear arms did not justify the wearing of concealed weapons.

The amendment provides that the rights guaranteed under this provision of the Constitution are unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny. The State of Missouri is obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this amendment shall be construed to prevent the passage of laws by the General Assembly that limit such rights for convicted violent felons or persons adjudged to be a danger to self or others as the result of a mental disorder or mental infirmity.

This amendment is similar to SJR 14 (2013).