Committee unanimously approves bill proposing gun dealers tell police who fails background checks

The bill now moves on to the full floor of the board for more debate.

Kevin Killeen
October 15, 2019 - 4:56 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Gun dealers would have to tell St. Louis police whenever somebody trying to buy a gun in the city fails the background check, under a bill passed unanimously out of a committee in the Board of Aldermen. 

If passed into law, the bill is expected to face a court challenge. But Randee Steffen, with the group Moms Demand Action, thinks it will hold up in court.

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"This is using laws that are already on the books, and just ensuring that ... the Missouri laws, which don't let the cities do anything additional from the gun-legal perspective, what this bill would do is just basically help up enforce the laws that are already on the books," Steffen said.

Right now there are some 20 licensed gun dealers operating in the city of St. Louis.

The bill now moves on to the full floor of the board for more debate.

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