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Fight over gun safety locks shot up to the Senate Floor

March 13, 2000
By: Francine Krantz
State Capital Bureau

The fight over whether to mandate child safety devices on assault weapons is making its way toward the Senate floor. Francine Krantz has more from Jefferson City.

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The bill would require trigger safety locks on all newly manufactured weapons. Governor Mel Carnahan voiced support for such a measure in his State of the State address last January.

But the legislation is likely to face opposition when it comes up for a full vote. Republican Senator Morris Westfall says he doesn't think that passing this type of law would decrease the number of deaths among youths.

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Contents: He says that more young people are killed on the highways than were at Columbine.

But St. Louis Senator Betty Sims, who is co-sponsoring the bill, says the measure is an important first step in the war against gun violence. From the State Capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.


Two St. Louis Senators are at odds over a bill that would mandate trigger locks on all new assault weapons. Francine Krantz has the story from Jefferson City.

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A Senate committee narrowly passed the bill despite hearing a number of witnesses testify in support of it.

St. Louis Senator Betty Sims, who co-sponsored the measure, says the bill does not intend to interfere with individual liberty.

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Contents: She says they are not going after families with guns, but it is an important first step.

St. Charles Senator Ted House voted against the legislation. He says more laws might not have done much to prevent situations like the recent Michigan school shooting. From the State Capitol, I'm Francine Krantz.