Don’t Force Missouri Business Owners to Permit Guns On Their Property

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Target: Missouri State Representative Caleb Jones

Goal: Don’t force businesses in Missouri to allow guns on their property.

A Missouri bill introduced by Missouri State Representative Caleb Jones intends to strong-arm businesses and business owners into allowing guns onto their private premises, or face potentially costly lawsuits. The bill states that any business which openly states a “no gun” policy on its property will be held liable for “any injury or damages incurred by such public invitees, business visitors, and employees as a result of such prohibition” if the individual in question can prove that having a firearm “may have prevented his or her injury or damage.”

The bill also intends to offer immunity from any liabilities to businesses that do allow guns on their property. Under the bill, the decision to “permit concealed weapons to be carried on business premises” is seen as a safety precaution, and therefore the business in question will not be responsible for any incident caused by the presence of guns on the property.

This bill clearly intends to force businesses into allowing concealed weapons on their private property. The insinuation that this would, in any way, increase patron safety is ludicrous, particularly when one considers that all businesses would be affected under this bill. Therefore, businesses that are routinely occupied by inebriated customers would also be pushed to allow guns. Considering that “40% of male offenders were drinking alcohol at the time” that they committed a homicide offense, this bill becomes even more disturbing. For the safety of the people, demand that Missouri drop this preposterous bill immediately by signing the petition below.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Representative Caleb Jones,

Recently you introduced a bill that would subject businesses that openly declare a “no gun” policy on their premises to a possibly hefty lawsuit. The bill states that such businesses would be held accountable for any incident or injury that occurred to an individual on the property, if the individual could prove that the presence of the firearm would have prevented the incident or injury. Your bill also intends to offer immunity from liability to any business that does allow guns on the premises.

This bill amounts to intimidation. It is a simple attempt to strong-arm businesses into allowing guns on their private property. I am writing today to demand that you drop this potentially dangerous bill immediately. There are no advantages to such a bill. The increased presence of guns will not ensure patron safety, particularly in businesses where patrons are judgment-impaired (such as in establishments selling alcoholic beverages).

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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