St. Louis City Government Goes Orwellian, Bans Second Amendment in Parks

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U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- On 13 December, 2019, Lyda Krewson, the Mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, signed a city ordinance purported to ban guns from St. Louis City parks. It was passed by a vote of 16-2. The bill used a novel approach to circumvent the Missouri State protections for Second Amendment rights. Bill No. 134 declared that St. Louis parks and recreation facilities are “child-care” facilities, and are, therefore, banned from allowing firearms in them. From stltoday.com:

Missouri state law allows adults to carry guns in the open, so the new law reclassifies the parks and recreation facilities as child-care facilities, where guns are not allowed.

Last week, Alderman Bret Narayan, D-24th Ward, predicted that this reclassification would face a challenge in the courts by gun-rights activists, who he said would likely prevail.

People in Missouri have the right to carry holstered, loaded, pistols in most public places most of the time. There are a few exceptions. One of them is for child-care facilities, as defined in RS 571.107.  From revisor.mo.gov:

(11) Any portion of a building used as a child care facility without the consent of the manager.

Careful readers will note the exception is for a portion of a building used as a child care facility. Most of the areas of parks and recreation facilities in St. Louis are not inside of buildings. Here is the way it is worded in Bill No. 134:

An ordinance directing the installation of signs, as specified in this ordinance, notifying individuals that City of St. Louis parks and parks facilities are child-care facilities under Section 210.201 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, and that as child-care facilities the possession and carrying of firearms are prohibited under Section 571.107(11) of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

There is another problem with the “child-care” facility Orwellian word mangling. It does not appear that St. Louis City Parks advertise or hold “himself or herself as providing care for more than six children during daytime”.

There is another problem with this. Section 210.211 does not define a “summer camp” as a child care facility; the law says a summer camp is exempt from being licensed as a child-care facility. Here is the listed exemption:

  (3) Any graded boarding school, summer camp, hospital, sanitarium or home which is conducted in good faith primarily to provide education, recreation, medical treatment, or nursing or convalescent care for children;

Listing something as exempted from a licensing requirement, does not define that thing as the item to be licensed.

Constitutional Carry became law in Missouri on 1 January, 2017.

Missouri has a very strong protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the Missouri State Constitution. From the Missouri Constitution:

Text of Section 23:

Right to Keep and Bear Arms–Exception

That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms, ammunition, and accessories typical to the normal function of such arms, in defense of his home, person, family and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. Any restriction on these rights shall be subject to strict scrutiny and the state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement. Nothing in this section shall be construed to prevent the general assembly from enacting general laws which limit the rights of convicted violent felons or those duly adjudged mentally infirm by a court of competent jurisdiction.[1]

The people of Missouri will soon find out if judges in the state have any integrity.

Lyda Krewson and the City Council of St. Louis will not face any penalties for the silly expenditure of City resources, or for the willful disregard for Constitutional rights. They are spending other people's money.


About Dean Weingarten:Dean Weingarten

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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ColdeadHands75
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ColdeadHands75

We all know that criminals would Neeeeeever carry a gun in a “Gun Free Zone”!! I will never understand how these people think. This makes absolutely NO SENSE!

Doszap
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Doszap

Easy Answer, they want the deaths, it just speeds up the process for MORE GUN LAWS,the ranking Dems as long as it’s not them, or their FAMILIES getting shot,THEY could care less about the victims being used a pawns, they are totally immoral / amoral.
Gun Free zones = Murder At Will Zones.
When the PUBLIC at large figure this out, they will change their laws.
You must remember the Dems by and large(save a handful) are Communists.They WANT total control, they will be happy with nothing less.

Deplorable Bill
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Deplorable Bill

How is it that no one in office recognizes the threat of gun free zones? Why are they purposely feeding innocent people to the lions? Being armed is not about John Wayne, Eastwood, Stallone, Willis etc. it’s about choices. Hide, run or fight back. Sooner or later someone is going to get hurt because they were not allowed to be armed. Those in office, in judgment and in enforcement will be just as culpable as the criminal when this happens. When is someone going to take the powers that be to court for their treason, neglect? They always say the… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

You can’t outrun a bullet,what is needed Desperately is Bullets head back towards The Perp/s. Question?, When was the last time their was a MASS SHOOTING in a BLACK SCHOOL?. I cannot remember any.What does that tell you?, to me it means ARMED Guards and METAL DETECTORS, and locked doors after school starts. Remember the Aurora CO, theater? the orange haired murderer, went to FOUR(4) Theaters before he found ONE of that four,that DID NOT ALLOW CCP people inside the theater. Sound insane to you?,NO, he wasn’t insane he was calculating. Every MASS SHOOTING at every school was telegraphed and… Read more »

Tionico
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Tionico

Two issues mitigating against this being legal are mentioined in the article. I can think of more… I am CERTAIN state statutes provide for clear requirements for facilities to meet in order to use them as child care centres, so desingated, for the general public to use. Even Mc Dona;d’s and their play yards have to meet stringent standards. Also the WORKERS in all child care facilites must be licensed and vetted, backgorund checks, etc. so NO, styuid St. Louis City Council critters, YOU CANNOT DO THIS. WHen this is challenged, and beaten, bring charges against those who promoted this… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

Mayor, sorry YOU NO CAN DO.
If it’s a CITY PARK,it’s carry zone.
Besides Missouri is a 100% GUNS ALLOWED ZONE.

Justista
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Justista

Forrest Park, who would go to Forrest Park with out a gun.
We get to the Jewel Box for the holiday display and the Science Center for Omni Max every now and then. We go less and less as St. Louis isn’t a safe place to be anymore.
There is a new aquarium at the old Union Station. Union Station a once great shopping experience ruined by carjackers and armed robbers leaving shoppers shot up or murdered.
Nope Lydia, maybe your favored carjackers can support these attractions. Not us anymore.
It damn near takes a surgery to get me in St. Loius anymore

Autsin Miller III
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Autsin Miller III

Yeah, those of us on the west side of the state look at St. Louis as part of Illinois. They are welcome to it!

TexDad
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TexDad

And how do they propose to prevent firearms that would be used by some evil lowlife to kill a bunch of unarmed parents and children, put up “NO MURDERING” signs?

Signs and ordinances do not make a place gun-free. They just make it dangerous.

Doszap
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Doszap

They don’t care,never have never will,$5.00 says he’s a DemoCommie.

Arny
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Arny

We have a second amendment in the federal constitution & then it’s backed up by the states constitution. And yet they still enact draconian laws to infringe on both. Do these elected officials not understand they a swore a oath to defend both ? As soon as they break this oath they should be removed by any means necessary. And if I choose not to vote for any of them or choose to vote for the other candidate. And he does not get elected. Why should I be expected to adhere to their BS ? Just because the majority decides… Read more »

Doszap
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Doszap

I refer ANY MEANS necessary.Time to show these power tripping pigs actions have consequences.

jack mac
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jack mac

Arny: That is why we have a bill of rights codified so as not to be violated even by the majority.

GUNS r US
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GUNS r US

Yep! The treasonous idiots just opened up more free shooting ranges. These people are so STUPID!

nrringlee
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nrringlee

Gun Free Zone Equals Kill Zone.

SamuelHall
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SamuelHall

That’s good news for some crazy people who like to kill

Doszap
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Doszap

You mean MURDER right?