Missouri state Rep. Stacey Newman (D) pre-filed a bill Tuesday that would restrict access to firearms in the same way her state restricts access to abortion.
Newman’s bill includes a 72-hour waiting period for purchasing guns and watching a 30-minute video on firearms fatalities before purchasing. It also requires the firearms dealer be at least 120 miles from the purchaser’s residence.
The bill would require that a gun purchaser visit an emergency room at the nearest “urban hospital” on a weekend between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. “when gun violence victims are present.”
Within 72 hours of their purchase, the individual also must meet with at least two families who have been victims of firearm violence and two faith leaders who have presided over funerals in the last year of a child gun violence victim.
The bill was pre-filed for the 2016 session, which begins in January, and is unlikely to get traction. Here’s the full text.
Newman tried a similar approach in 2012 when she unsuccessfully proposed a bill to limit vasectomies unless the procedure “would protect him from serious injury or prevent his death,” according to the River Front Times.