JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House Democratic Caucus stressed Tuesday afternoon the importance of adding gun reform legislation to the special session agenda.
Later in the afternoon, Unsicker and other House Democrats gathered for a press conference to blast the move as a special interest giveaway and repeat calls for Parson to expand the special session to deal with gun violence.
A dozen children have been killed in St. Louis this year, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, prompting the largely Democratic Missouri Legislative Black Caucus to ask Parson last month to call a special session for gun violence.
Despite the long odds that they could convince Parson to expand the special session to include legislation aimed at reducing firearms violence across the state, Democratic lawmakers filed nine bills and a joint resolution Monday they said include pieces to the puzzle necessary to curb gun violence. They filed at least eight more firearms bills and another resolution Tuesday.