Missouri Legislature overrides 13 Nixon vetoes

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Missouri Republicans engaged in some legislative jujitsu yesterday, using a parliamentary maneuver to stop a Democrat filibuster and force a vote to override Democrat Governor Jay Nixon's veto on a gun bill.

A spokesman for Koster reaffirmed that he remains opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment that also must pass before the state can impose a photo ID mandate for voters. Jake Hummel a Democrat from St. Louis said the legislature promised citizens a gun training requirement would be an important part of hide and carry.

Lawmakers have overridden a veto of a sweeping gun measure.

The guns legislation prompted some of the most intense debate Wednesday. That sends the bill to the Senate, where 23 votes are needed for an override.

A spokesman for Nixon, who vetoed the bill in July, did not immediately return a call seeking comment after the vote, but the governor previously decried the law as disenfranchising voters.

Nixon vetoed about two dozen measures this year, including ones already overridden this spring blocking pay raises for home-care workers and changing the state's school funding requirements.

House sponsor Jason Alferman, R-Hermann, contended that the photo-ID requirement would help guard against vote fraud.

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Under the Missouri bill, voters will need to produce a driver's license or other government identification with a photo at the polls in order to vote.

"This bill will allow you to vote without that ID as long as you sign a statement saying under the penalty of perjury, 'I've never been issued a photo ID from the state of Missouri and I can not get one, '" Alferman said on the House floor.

Backers of the override pointed to a provision that will allow people without the required government-issued ID to cast a regular ballot after signing an affidavit swearing to their identity. However it will not change the voting procedures for the upcoming Presidential election as the bill is not set to take effect until 2017.

Senate Bill 656 will allow anyone legally allowed to possess a firearm to carry that firearm, while also maintaining the current permit system.

And in doing so, they made our state the first new Stand Your Ground state since the death of Trayvon Martin. "The legislature stood strong for the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens by overriding Gov. Nixon's misguided veto", said Chris W. Cox, Executive Director of NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.

Some legislators anxious that looser gun laws would put racial minorities at greater risk.

"We expect our law enforcement to use more pause than what we're requiring of people now in this law", Democratic Sen.

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