In August Missourians will vote on Amendment 5, an amendment to the state constitution which explicitly declares private gun ownership an “unalienable right” and obligates the state government to “uphold” it.

The language of Amendment 5 says “that the right to keep and bear arms is an unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right.”

According to The Joplin Globe, the amendment was sponsored by state senator Kurt Schaefer (R-Columbia). It passed the state senate “by a 23-to-8 vote, and the state [house] by a 122-to-31 vote.”

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