Missouri state Rep. Deb Lavender accidentally strengthened an open carry law Wednesday afternoon.
Lavender ran out of time to withdraw an amendment after she introduced it just to prove a point!
The amendment allows the the public to open carry in the state capitol along with the elected officials that were already included in the bill.
The Missouri Times reports:
Sometimes in an effort to prove a point, a representative might introduce an amendment to a bill that seems totally outrageous to that rep but the amendment is introduced nonetheless because that rep thinks it will help them prove a point.
After discussing the amendment the rep will withdraw the bill before a vote, having made their point.
Rep Deb Lavender (D) introduced an amendment to a bill dealing with open carry and CCW. Her amendment would open the capitol building up to lawful carry of firearms for every lawful citizen rather than just for the elected officials.
She was about to withdraw the amendment during her closing argument when she talked her way through the 1 minute limit for her closing speech and the speaker slammed the gavel and opened the board for her amendment to be voted on.
SHE TALKED SO LONG SHE RAN OUT OF TIME TO WITHDRAW HER AMENDMENT.
The amendment passed with about 115 voting YES and now the proposed bill is an even stronger 2nd amendment bill because of her amendment.
House Republicans cheered, laughed and then quickly took to social media to share the open carry victory.
— Rob Vescovo (@RobVescovo) April 13, 2016
— Justin Hill (@HillForMissouri) April 13, 2016
Rep Paul Curtman posted the account on Facebook and gave a “Big shout out to Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins who brought the gavel down and called for the roll call vote. Everybody needs to like and follow Denny’s FB page!”
Speaker Pro Tem Denny Hoskins responded: “I was just doing my job as Speaker Pro Tem. Thank you for keeping up the good fight!”
After the open carry amendment was passed the bill was then laid on the House’s informal calendar.
Definitely one of the finest 2nd Amendment speeches I have heard! From former Marine, Missouri State Representative Paul Curtman!
“Our liberty hinges on the question on whether or not you believe you own yourself or whether or not you believe someone else owns you…I would argue that we own ourselves!”