Stacey’s Got It Goin’ On: House Bill No. 1397

State representative Stacey Newman of Missouri has introduced House Bill No. 1397.

This bill is aimed to amend the way people in Missouri can obtain firearms. Finally, someone is attempting to have getting a gun just as difficult as getting an abortion. Newman stated, “Since Missouri holds the rank as one of the strictest abortion regulation states in the country, it is logical we borrow similar restrictions to lower our horrific gun violence rates.” With reaching 355 mass shootings in 336 days in 2015 so far, it’s about time that we take more action towards this.

Only a few of the things Bill 1397 states as requirements to obtain firearms:

  • Meet with a physician 72 hours before trying to buy the gun and obtain a written approval
  • Watch a 30-minute video explaining fatal firearm injuries
  • Within 72 hours of purchasing the gun, they must meet with at least two families who have been victims of gun violence and two local faith leaders who have officiated within the past year, a funeral of a victim of violence involving a firearm who was under the age of 18
  • Buy a gun from a licensed gun dealer located at least 120 miles from the legal residence of the purchaser of the firearm
  • Review medical risks associated with firearms

As of July 1, 2015, these are a few of the restrictions in order to get an abortion in Missouri:

  • A woman must receive state-directed counseling to discourage her from receiving the abortion, and then proceed to wait 72 hours before the procedure is provided. Counseling must be provided in person and take place before the waiting period begins – making them take two separate trips to the facility
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape or incest
  • The parents of a minor must consent before an abortion is provided

One state GOP legislator, Senator Brian Munzlinger already criticized the bill regarding its mirroring to abortion in Missouri. He stated, “It is apples and oranges…there is no correlation between them.”


If Missouri cares about “all life,” as they say they do, this shouldn’t be ignored. Steps have to be taken against excessive gun violence – it has been, and is progressively getting out of control. Newman is well aware the bill is sure to practically be thrown out the window as soon as it hits the Republican-controlled legislature of her home, but it isn’t stopping her from fighting. So I mean, HELL YEAH STACEY – you’ve got it goin’ on.




4 thoughts on “Stacey’s Got It Goin’ On: House Bill No. 1397

  1. THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS! It is so relevant with all of the tragedies that have been occurring in our world. The only thing I didn’t like about the gun control bill was that you have to meet with a local faith leader. Not everyone practices religion and once again, our government is refusing to respect the separation of church and state.

    It is no surprise to me that Munzlinger sees no correlation between abortion and gun control laws, as this is the mindset of many conservatives. It just confuses me and I find it ironic that you’re “pro-life” in one sense but not the other.

    Thanks for bringing this to the attention of others, as many may not be aware of legislation like this being enacted.


    1. You’re welcome! I agree with not meeting with a local faith leader – not everyone is religious. However, really just think Newman was trying to get her point across in every way possible about how she feels towards the abortion restrictions.


  2. i absolutely loved this post.
    With all the mass shootings that are ongoing it is very important to bring to light the possible changes that will hopefully be enacted in the near future.

    Also with the comment about making guns as difficult as it is to get an abortion comment – simply snaps.


  3. Too funny- Newman literally has the ideas of a facebook post circulating, that was actually shared by Shoutout! as a quickhit on Facebook. Sounds great!


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