Missouri bill would ban domestic assailants from owning guns - KCTV5

Missouri bill would ban domestic assailants from owning guns

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP) -

A bill would make it illegal for Missourians found guilty of domestic assault to possess a firearm.

The legislation recently filed by Democratic state Rep. Stacey Newman of St. Louis would restrict gun possession in multiple instances of domestic violence or suspected domestic assault.

Anyone under a restraining order that cites threats of violence also would be banned from owning a gun.

"We need to give law enforcement every tool that they can use," Newman said.

House Bill 418 also would allow police to remove a gun from the scene if domestic assault is suspected.

The firearm owner could take back the weapon within two weeks of any proceedings related to a suspected assault.

Police would be required to safely store the firearm during that time.

Last summer, Shaundra Thomas was found dead in the playground of an apartment complex in east Kansas City. A month earlier, she got a protection order against a man who was accused of striking her with a spiked bat.

The day he was to go to court, Thomas was found dead with a slew of shell casings around her body.

Newman said she believes her bill would help lives like Thomas' and others. This is the seventh year that she's proposed the bill, and said it's a challenge to get her bill heard by the Republican-controlled House.

"Any bill that has the word firearm ... has traditionally either been ignored or not advanced. I refuse to give up," Newman said.

Police Chief Darryl Forte said he supports any legislation that takes guns out of the hands of anyone who would harm someone else.

To read the full text of the bill, click here.

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