Gun Ballot Measure Will Not Change

 

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The State Supreme Court ruled Friday that the wording cannot be changed just three weeks before Missouri’s primary election on a ballot measure asking voters to declare in the State Constitution that the right to bear arms is “unalienable”. The court dismissed an appeal by opponents of the gun measure, saying a state law forbids the court from making changes to ballot measures within six weeks of an election. The ruling means the wording will not be changed on proposed Constitutional Amendment 5, which will go before voters on Aug. 5. Opponents argue that the ballot wording failed to mention other significant changes, including that gun-control measures would become subject to tougher legal scrutiny and that a current constitutional provision allowing restrictions on concealed guns would be repealed. Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the legal challenge on July 1. In its ruling Friday, the Supreme Court agreed it was bound by that law and dismissed the appeal.

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