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St. Louis bill would bar domestic abusers from carrying guns

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A five-shot revolver sits on a gun display case at Metro Shooting Supply in Belleville on Dec. 11, 2012. Photo by Christian

ST. LOUIS — Domestic abusers would be barred from carrying concealed weapons in the city under a measure to be introduced Friday at the Board of Aldermen.

“It’s a very common problem and hugely concerning not just for women, but mostly for women,” said the sponsor, Alderman Christine Ingrassia, D-6th Ward.

She said creating the new municipal ordinance violation would allow city police to more easily “pull guns” from people convicted in the past of committing domestic violence or who are subjects of abuse-related restraining orders.

The measure mirrors a similar federal law which isn’t often prosecuted here, she said.

The City Council in Kansas City in November passed a similar municipal measure.

Missouri state law generally bars local governments from passing gun laws stronger than weak restrictions in effect statewide.

However, Ingrassia asserts that it would be an exception because it simply repeats what is in federal law.

Two other bills attempting to get around the state gun laws were passed by St. Louis aldermen last month.

One bars the possession of handguns in the city by anyone younger than 18 years old, something that also is already prohibited by federal law.

The other measure attempts to ban the possession of guns in city parks by designating the parks as child care facilities.

Child care facilities are among the areas exempt from a state law allowing people to carry concealed weapons without permits and training.


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