A bill came before the Missouri state legislature this week that, if passed, would be a major win for the Second Amendment. The bill puts forward that if a business designates itself a gun-free zone, they are liable for injury incurred by patrons that were unable to defend themselves.
Some background. The Blaze reported:
Missouri is a “constitutional carry” state, meaning anyone legally allowed to have a gun can carry it without an additional permit. Guns are still banned in schools and also businesses with signs posted barring the possession of guns on their property.
Such businesses would be liable for injuries sustained on their property under House Bill 96. Missouri State Representative Nick Schroer is behind the bill and joined Dana Loesch tonight on “Dana.”
What has the response been? Schroer explained that the response from constituents has been overwhelmingly positive. According to Schroer, 90 percent of the responses he’s heard have been in support of the legislation.
He said that constituents are concerned about businesses that stop them from exercising their Second Amendment rights, seeing it as endangering themselves and their loved ones from those that wish to do them harm.
Who is Schroer? In addition to being a state representative, Schroer serves as an attorney for a small business in his state.
The legal reasons for the bill. Loesch compared the liability a business has when an individual falls and hurts themselves on their premises and compared that to an injury sustained by an individual required to disarm in order to enter the premises.
According to The Blaze, Schroer agreed with the comparison:
[Schroer] agreed, stating that third party liability is a main focus of law suits. He argued that if patrons are prevented from having the ability to defend themselves, it is not unreasonable to imagine someone with ill intent entering that business and doing harm, considering that 98 percent of mass shootings occur in designated gun-free zones.
Why does this matter? This Missouri law, should it pass, would be a major win in the fight to uphold our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
The anti-Second Amendment crowd has worked to knock down our rights by making it impossible to exercise them, and gun-free zones are a major part of that effort.
Should this bill pass, those that wish to implement gun-free zones will have to put their money where their mouth is — and that will certainly change things.