Missouri Lawmakers Put Forward Gun Control Measures After Chiefs Parade Shooting

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Addressing Safety Worries

After the shooting at the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl parade, Missouri’s lawmakers are making moves to tackle the issue of gun violence and public safety. The shooting that happened near Union Station during the post-parade celebrations has spurred the politicians to propose new gun legislation with the goal of stopping these types of events from happening again.


Taking Steps Against Gun Violence

In the shadow of the heartbreaking incident at the Chiefs’ parade, Missouri officials have come up with a handful of proposals concerning guns. These measures are emerging as folks take a harder look at current gun regulations and push for laws that will keep such tragedies from being repeated.


Rep. Anthony Ealy’s Bill

Anthony Ealy, a Democratic Representative from Grandview, is pushing a bill to ban guns at parades. Should this bill become law, it would change Missouri’s rules about weapons, making it clear that you can’t have a firearm in areas set aside for parades. Ealy crafted this legislation as a direct reaction to the mass shooting that unfolded after the Chiefs’ event.


What Counts as a Parade Zone

In Ealy’s plan, “parade zone” means any place within a mile of where the parade is happening, while it’s going on. The people putting on the parade would be in charge of marking those boundaries. To get into these zones, folks would have to go through security checkpoints to make sure they’re not bringing weapons in.


Demand for Change

The House Democrats in Missouri are all for Ealy’s suggestion and are stressing that we need to do things beforehand to stop such disasters in the days ahead. The leader of the Minority in the House, Crystal Quade, has made it known she’s frustrated o

Despite the inaction of Republican leaders, it’s clear we must confront gun violence is a critical issue in our state.

“It’s tough to figure out the correct response when these events happen,” said Quade. “Yet, we need to act to prevent future disasters like what occurred at the Chiefs parade.”


Reaction from Republicans

Aside from Ealy’s suggestion, Representative Aaron Crossley, a Democrat from Independence, put forth another bill concerning guns. This bill by Crossley aims to ensure age verification for ammo purchases to increase gun safety.


Debate in Legislature

The debate over these gun measures has become intense among politicians, with emotions flaring from both parties. The Republicans and Democrats argue over how best to tackle gun crime and whether the bills proposed will actually work.


House Approves No More Celebratory Gunfire

Meanwhile, the Missouri House has approved a new rule: no more celebratory gunfire in cities. This follows a fatal shooting during the Chiefs parade. The new law, supported by both parties, controls city gunfire and makes it a misdemeanor for first-time offenders.


Named for a Victim

The law, Blair’s Law, honors Blair Shanahan Lane, an 11-year-old killed by a stray bullet in 2011 on July 4th. Attempts to pass a similar law have been made before, but last year Governor Mike Parson shot it down because of other crime issues included in it.


Demand for Wider Solutions

The approval of Blair’s Law might be progress in managing gun incidents but some legislators, like Majority Leader Jon Patterson, underline the need for wide-reaching policy changes. The importance of comprehensive answers to gun disputes remains a high priority.

When making rules to fight gun violence, we got to think about stuff like gun laws, society’s issues, how we handle mental health, and keeping people safe.


Moving Forward

Missouri’s lawmakers are really trying to figure out this tricky problem of gun violence. They’re putting out new ideas and laws like Blair’s Law which shows they want to keep us all safe. Some plans even have both parties on board, giving us a bit of hope that we’ll see real changes to stop bad things from happening and look after everyone in Missouri.



Since that sad day at the Chiefs parade where shooting happened, Missouri’s government folks are working to make gun rules stronger and bump up public safety. They’ve got ideas for keeping guns away from parades and controlling when people can shoot their guns for fun. As these talks go on and proposals get pushed through the steps to become law, they’re all about finding thorough ways to stop gun violence and keep people in Missouri safe.

Celina Brooks https://www.southcountymail.com

Celina Brooks from Mussoorie is a Writer & Researcher. She earned her Engineering degree in IT from Rutgers University. She is a technology enthusiast but loves writing and talking about local news as well. She is a jolly person with 2 children.

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