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Lawyers Argue Missouri Gun Rights Amendment Ballot Language

Lawyers Argue Missouri Gun Rights Amendment Ballot Language

By Mike Morgan. CREATED Jul 15, 2014

(MissouriNet) -The Missouri Supreme Court has been asked to consider whether the title and ballot summary that voters will see next month for Constitutional Amendment 5 tells them enough about what it will do if voters approve it next month.

Attorney Chuck Hatfield says the word "inalienable" being used to describe a gun rights amendment is too vague. He wants a re-write before voters see it on paper.

Senator Kurt Schaefer, who sponsored the measure in the legislature, argues it would put Missouri in line with rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding gun rights.

Backers of the amendment argue that because absentee votes have already been cast on it and the election is fewer than 3 weeks away, the case against it is moot and should be thrown out.