Mike Leara, a Republican for St Louis County in Missouri, supports a bill that would make it a class D felony if any member of the state’s General Assembly tries to introduce legislation ‘that further restricts an individual’s right to bear arms’.

The controversial move comes as new legislation, tightening gun control, was introduced in the wake of the Newtown shooting in Connecticut that left 28 people dead including 20 small children.

His bill, presented on Sunday, read: ‘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.’

Mr Leara said he does not expect his bill to pass but wanted to make a point about freedom.


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