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Missouri Chamber testifies against gun liability bill

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The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry has spoken out against a bill that would hold businesses liable for injuries or damages that occur in gun free zones.

House Bill 96 would codify that if businesses post signs banning guns, they become responsible for protecting people from being harmed by the actions of other people or viscous animals.

If someone is injured or suffers property damage at a business that bans guns, that person “shall have a cause of action against a business entity prohibiting the possession of firearms or other arms,” according to the bill.

A Missouri House committee held a hearing on the proposal, with the Missouri Chamber expressing opposition to the idea on behalf of the state’s business community.

“This bill creates a new cause of action against Missouri employers and simply detracts from the interest of creating jobs and prosperity in our state,” said Brian Bunten, Missouri Chamber general counsel and director of legislative affairs.

House Bill 96 is sponsored by Rep. Nick Schroer, a Republican from O’Fallon.

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