Missouri Amends Constitution: Right to Keep and Bear Arms 'Shall Not Be Questioned'
On August 5 Missouri voters approved Amendment 5, setting the stage for the nullification of federal gun laws and affirming that "the right to keep and bear arms... shall not be questioned" in their state.
According to the Tenth Amendment Center, acceptance or rejection of Amendment 5 was posed to voters in the form of a question: "Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?"
Sixty-four percent of Missouri voters answered in the affirmative.
The Amendment declares that "the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, family, and property, or when lawfully summoned in the aid of civil power, shall not be questioned."
While barring the state from interfering with the right to keep and bear arms, Amendment 5 also obligates the state to defend the gun rights possessed by the citizens: "The state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and under no circumstance decline to protect against their infringement."
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