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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Publishing Someone's Name a Crime in MO?

The Missouri Legislature has passed HB 436, known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, and the measure now heads to Gov. Jay Nixon for his signature. The legislation appears primarily aimed at the federal government regarding the recent debate over background checks, and notes that all past, present and future federal acts will be "invalid, will not be recognized, are specifically rejected, and will be considered null and void and of no effect." The bill also prohibits publishing the names of gun owners or those that have registered for gun licenses or permits, in addition to revealing other information about gun owners. Some, however, have argued that the law could also have a large application to individuals using smaller forms of media such as microblogs and Facebook. This could be due to poor drafting, as the bill reads: 

"A person or entity cannot publish the name, address, or other identifying information of any individual who owns a firearm or who is an applicant for or holder of any license, certificate, permit, or endorsement that allows the person to own, acquire, possess, or carry a firearm. Any person or entity violating these provisions is guilty of a class A misdemeanor."

We'll let you know if Mr. Nixon signs the legislation. 

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