So the amendment will dramatically change how gun rights are handled in the Missouri constitution, and will also not really change anything.
On August 5, Missourians will vote on whether or not to amend the state’s constitution to declare the right to keep and bear arms “unalienable” (you know–kinda like a right that shall not be infringed), and making any law burdening that right subject to “strict scrutiny,” meaning the law must serve a compelling state interest, must be narrowly tailored in the service of that interest, and must do so by the least restrictive means of serving that interest (you know–kinda like a right that the Supreme Court has ruled to be “fundamental,” as they did in the McDonald v. Chicago decision). This vote will come as a result of Missouri Senate Joint Resolution 36, which passed this spring. This is how the ballot words the question to be voted upon:
Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?
State and local governmental entities should have no direct costs or savings from this proposal. However, the proposal’s passage will likely lead to increased litigation and criminal justice related costs. The total potential costs are unknown, but could be significant.