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Local state legislators sponsor bills on gun laws, agriculture, eating disorders

Friday, January 25, 2013

Missouri House of Representative during a legislative session in Jefferson City.
(Courtesy: Missouri House of Representatives)
State legislators representing the Saline County area have started sponsoring and co-sponsoring several bills in the current session of Missouri's 97th General Assembly.

Among the most notable is Rep. David Muntzel (R-48) co-sponsoring of HB170, a bill that protects gun owners from federal legislation regulating gun ownership in the state.

The bill "specifies that a federal official must not enforce a federal firearm law when the firearm is manufactured and remains in the state and that any new federal law banning or restricting ownership of a semi-automatic firearm is unenforceable," according to the summary of the bill.

The bill adds that any federal official who tries to enforce a federal gun law upon a personal firearm, accessory or ammunition that is owned or manufactured in Missouri would be guilty of a class D felony.

The bill, Muntzel said, comes in response to President Barack Obama's proposal for tougher federal gun-control laws.

"I am very much in favor of the second amendment," Muntzel said. "I just don't think the government should be passing laws that will infringe on the second amendment."

Democratic state representatives have criticized the law, arguing it is unconstitutional because federal law supersedes state law.

"I disagree with that," Muntzel said. "I think each and every state ought to be in a position to make their own decision based on what their constituents want."

Missouri Sen. David Pearce (R-21)
(Courtesy: Missouri Senate)
State Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-51)
(Courtesy: Missouri House of Representatives)
State Rep. David Muntzel (R-48).
(Courtesy: Missouri House of Representatives)
State Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-51) is also hitting the ground running in his first year as state legislator. Dohrman -- along with 33 other republican representatives -- is co-sponsoring constitutional amendment HJR7, which would protect the rights of farmers to engage in modern farming techniques and the right of Missourians to hunt and fish.

If passed by a majority in both houses, the amendment would be included in the ballot of the November 2014 general election.

Part of the amendment reads:

"No law shall be enacted which abridges the right of farmers and ranchers to employ agricultural technology and modern livestock production and ranching practices ... No law and no rule or regulation shall unreasonably restrict hunting, fishing, and harvesting wildlife or the use of traditional devices and methods."

Dohrman, a native of Warrensburg, said he is very close to his roots in farming and agriculture, which he said the amendment will help protect from special interests groups.

"The bill would keep out some interference from people who are not familiar with agriculture," Dohrman said. "Our local farmers are trying to produce and feed not only the United States but the whole world and that has a lot to do with technological advances."

Dohrman has previous experience with agricultural issues, having worked in the export department of ADM Milling, a Kansas-based company which specializes in producing food ingredients, animal feed and biofuel.

On the issue of hunting, Dohrman said Missourians who have the proper tags and permits should be allowed to hunt on their private property.

"If you follow the rules, there is no reason why you can't harvest wildlife from your land," Dohrman said. "The bill would protect property owners against encroachment from regulations."

The bill has been referred to the Agricultural Policy committee, where it awaits hearing.

Sen. David Pearce (R-21) is serving his first term representing the 21st district after serving since 2009 as senator of the 31st district. The district's boundaries were redrawn in 2012, causing the shift.

One of Pearce's priorities in the state senate is the passing of a bill that would require health carriers to provide coverage for the diagnosis and treatment of eating disorders.

This the fifth year that Pearce has attempted to carry legislation about eating disorders. He said that while serving on the 31st District, he met a family in his district who had a member die from eating disorders.

"It became very personal and very important," Pearce said. "It's a huge issue. It affects over 250,000 people a year. Unfortunately the number is growing. No area of the state is immune to it. The fastest-growing groups with eating disorders are teenage boys and women over the age of 40. But it really affects all ages, all socioeconomic areas and all parts of the state."


Track the bills sponsored by local legislators

Staff Writer

To access any bill sponsored by Representatives Dave Muntzel, Dean Dohrman, or any other state representative, go to the Missouri House website: http://www.house.mo.gov.

On the homepage, it will ask for your zip code. Type Marshall's zip code (65340) and you will get a screen with Muntzel and Dohrman photos. Click on their names, then click on "bills sponsored" on the right corner. There, it will give you a list of their bills and their summary.

To access bills sponsored by Sen. David Pearce, go to the Missouri Senate website: http://www.senate.mo.gov.

Once there, click on the upper left corner under "Senators," then click "List of Senators." Find and click on Pearce's name and it will take you to his page. Click on "Legislation" and select either "Sponsored" or "Co-Sponsored Bills." There you will find a list and summary of each bill.

Contact Carlos Restrepo at crestrepo@marshallnews.com

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Every gun owner should watch this video


-- Posted by chuckhaynie on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 8:44 AM

CWilli I have never broken any laws with with my AK-47. Please explain why you think I should turn in a gun that I legally purchased and legally use? Who is going to repay me for the guns that the president wants to take?

-- Posted by LAMR on Sat, Jan 26, 2013, at 7:53 AM

Sen Pearce sponsored SB 7. http://www.senate.mo.gov/13info/BTS_Web/... Good Bill!!!!!!

This should help KC and St. Louis school districts with their acccrediation processes.

HB 170 co-sponsored by Rep. Munzel http://www.house.mo.gov/billtracking/bil... Bad Bill!!!

The bill specifies that any federal law, rule, regulation, or order created or effective on or after January 1, 2013, is unenforceable

in the state if it attempts to ban or restrict ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm or requires any

firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.

AK-47's are for the armed services--- not individuals.

-- Posted by CWilli on Fri, Jan 25, 2013, at 3:02 PM

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