The steps for a person to purchase a gun under House Bill No. 1397 are similar to what a woman would go through in seeking an abortion.
Representative Newman, based outside of St. Louis, is outspoken on the topics of gun regulation and women's rights.
With this bill, it seems she may have incorporated a way to make a statement on both topics.
Under the bill it would require a person seeking to purchase a gun in the state of Missouri to:
- See a licensed physician and discuss the purchase of a gun and any responsibilities or consequences that come with it.
- Be evaluated and approved for firearm purchase by said physician based on physical and emotional factors.
- The purchaser of the firearm would need to sign a statement that they are aware of the physical, psychological and situational factors of owning a gun.
- Firearm dealers would have to tell the purchaser and provide in writing their name and license number.
- The would also need to provide the long-term medical risks associated with firearms, including medical descriptions, photographs of fatal injuries from police, emergency professionals, and prosecuting attorneys.
- The dealer would also need to give the purchaser alternatives to buying a gun for "peaceful and nonviolent conflict resolution."
- The purchaser would need to view a thirty minute video on fatal firearm injuries and tour a trauma center to see victims of gun violence.
- Meet with two families who are victims of violence involving a firearm along with two faith leaders who have officiated a funeral of someone killed in gun violence.
The bill was officially filed on Dec. 1 and is currently not on the schedule for the Missouri House of Representatives.
The next session for bills to be discussed is Jan. 6, 2016.