Lawmaker: If Concealed Carriers Get Injured In Obama’s ‘GUN FREE ZONE’ They Can SUE!

Lawmaker: If Concealed Carriers Get Injured In Obama’s ‘GUN FREE ZONE’ They Can SUE!

Representative-elect Rick Schroer of Missouri is introducing legislation that will allow someone who has a gun and then was prevented from being armed by a given establishment to sue if something goes down and they could have prevented it had they been armed. Missouri is not the first state to do this. I think it is a good law. A business should be held accountable if they kept someone from defending others and they got hurt or killed. Missouri allows concealed carry without a permit.

The inspiration for the bill was the July 2012 Aurora, Colorado, movie theater attack. Moviegoers were not allowed to bring arms into the theater, but that didn’t stop a nut from coming in with a gun and killing them. It was a gun-free zone and the media didn’t address that issue at all. I have long said the best way to stop crime is to allow every American citizen to be armed. This is one more step in that direction and it’s a good one. Schroer said, “[The Aurora theater] almost put a target on the back of all the customers there that had to disarm themselves.”

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Missouri state Representative-elect Nick Schroer (R-O’Fallon) is introducing legislation that will allow concealed carriers to sue if injured in a gun-free business.

HB 96 “would apply when a person who is authorized to carry a firearm [but] is prohibited from doing so by a business and is then injured by another person or an animal.” This would hold anti-gun business owners accountable for denying the Second Amendment rights of their fellow citizens.

According to the Springfield News-Leader, the language of the bill makes clear that the concealed carrier’s obligation would be to show that they could have used a gun to prevent the injury from occurring. Beyond that, the bill rests on the fact that the business owners “assume custodial responsibility for the safety and defense of any person” who is on their property for lawful business.

Schroer’s bill will offer a broad protection for all law-abiding citizens in Missouri, as that state allows concealed carry without a permit. This means any law-abiding citizens harmed in a gun-free business–in a manner that could been have averted if they had been armed–will be able to make a case against the business, granted that they can show they would have been carrying a gun were it not for the “gun-free” designation on the establishment.

Rep.-elect Nick Schroer said his intent for this bill is similar to another he filed Thursday that would make it a hate crime to attack a police officer, firefighter or EMT because of their occupation. In both cases, the goal is deterrence. This guy truly gets it and I applaud both bills.

There are a few hoops potential plaintiffs would have to hop through, Schroer said. For instance, felons who wouldn’t be allowed to carry a firearm anyway wouldn’t be allowed to sue and the bill includes a two-year statute of limitations. Schroer said he worked with House research staff to draft the bill and was inspired by a similar law in Tennessee. The sponsor behind the bill in Missouri’s southeastern neighbor also cited the Colorado shooting as a reason to change the law. Hopefully, this law if passed will make businesses honestly consider the constitutional right to bear arms and the issue of protecting their customers.

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