Richard, Dempsey Defend Gun Bill Votes

Two Missouri Senate leaders are explaining why they voted against an override of Governor Jay Nixon's veto of a controversial gun bill that would've invalidated federal gun control laws. Senator Ron Richard of Joplin and Senate President Tom Dempsey tell News Talk KZRG say despite what other lawmakers say, it's not Attorney General Chris Koster's fault.

"I had a letter from the Sheriff's Association stating concerns," Richard says.

"I, too, was hearing from law enforcement and other public safety officials. It wasn't Attorney General Koster who swayed me," adds Dempsey.

Koster sent a letter to every legislator outlining the major constitutional problems he thought the bill had shortly before the vote. Richard and Dempsey's votes left the override one vote short of passing... Richard adds that he hopes his constitutents will understand his point of view.

"We're here to take positions and, if you believe in your heart it's the right thing to do... I do believe the public safety people were looking to us to do what we did. I hope those back home understand."

Richard says he was contacted by many law enforcement agencies worried the bill would hinder their ability to work with federal agents in the future. He's now working on his own version of the failed bill.

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