Not all bills, of course, just ones that the sponsor doesn’t like. Rep. Mike Leara of Missouri has submitted a bill, HB 633, that would make it a felony for any legislator to propose any gun control measures in that state. Here’s the text of the bill:
Any member of the general assembly who proposes a piece of legislation that further restricts the right of an individual to bear arms, as set forth under the second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, shall be guilty of a class D felony.
There’s just one problem: This bill would be unconstitutional if passed. Which means this clueless dolt is demanding that it be a felony to propose what he views as an unconstitutional bill, but that bill itself is unconstitutional. Under both the Missouri and U.S. Constitutions, no legislator can be held criminally liable for “any Speech or Debate” that they engage in, and that includes bills they propose. This is a very important component of the separation of powers because, without it, the executive branch could intimidate legislators by threatening them with arrest.
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