Proposal in Missouri would discourage gun bans

A soon-to-be lawmaker in Missouri is proposing a bill that would discourage businesses from banning guns.

State Representative-elect Nick Schroer isn’t even in office yet, but he filed a bill in Jefferson City earlier this month that would open up businesses to lawsuits if someone is hurt and a gun might have protected them. Under House Bill 96, a person licensed to carry a firearm could sue a business if it prohibits them from carrying that firearm, and then they’re injured by another person or animal at that business.

“Putting that no gun sign on the door puts a target on the back of people coming in there,” Schroer said, according to KMOV.

Schroer was not aware of any cases in Missouri that the bill would apply to, according to the Springfield News-Leader. But he pointed to mass shootings like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre that left 12 dead and dozens more injured, saying the theater “almost put a target on the back of all the customers there that had to disarm themselves.”

Schroer says his bill was inspired by a similar law in Tennessee. His version would not include bars, stadiums, amusement parks, zoos or churches.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told KMOV he hasn’t seen the proposal, but says more guns are never the answer.

Schroer filed another bill earlier this month that would make it a hate crime to attack a police officer, firefighter or EMT.