House Passes Municipality Weapons Bill

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During Monday’s floor session, the House passed Senate Bill 96, which prohibits municipalities from restricting the right to carry weapons.

Senate Bill 96 states that municipalities must follow state law in accordance with deadly weapon or pepper spray laws. This means that municipalities may not restrict a person’s right to carry, possess, purchase, own or sell deadly weapons that are lawfully possessed. This also encompasses the right to carry weapons at a fair or festival. Municipalities may only restrict the carrying of weapons in municipality-owned facility.

The House also passed Senate Bill 201, which modifies and clarifies the offense of stalking and harassment. The bill defines these terms and offenses and sets criminal penalties for each. A person who is found guilty of harassment or credible threats is guilty of a misdemeanor and can be fined up to $1,000 or imprisoned for up to six months. A subsequent conviction for the same offense is a felony offense and is punishable for a prison sentence of three-five years, or a fine of $3,000-$10,000.

The House passed four other Senate Bills.

Eight bills were advanced to third reading. Nine bills were advanced to second reading.
Action for one bill, Senate 651, was postponed one day.

The House is in recess until 6 p.m.

Following the recess, the House received committee reports and messages from the Senate. The House is adjourned until 9 a.m. Tuesday.