SAMPLE LETTER TO LAWMAKER
Today' s Date Your Name
JeffersonCity, MO 65101
Dear Senator/Representative ,
As a constituent,I stronglyurge you to support two commonsense measures vetoedby Governor
Holden; Right to Carry (HB 349) andRecklessLawsuit Preemption 10
(SB 13). On September and 11,
2003, you will havethe opportunityto overrideGov. Holden'svetoesof thesebills which the legislature
alreadypassedby bipartisanvotes. Missouri is currentlyone of only six statesthat doesnot have at least
somesort of statuteallowing law-abidingcitizensto carryfirearms for self protection.Additionally, 33
statelegislatureshaveactedto prohibit localities from filing reckless,politically-motivated lawsuits against
the lawful firearm industry.
As has beenthe casewhenRight to Carry legislationhasbeendebatedin statelegislaturesacross
the country, opponentsclaim that sucha law will cause surgein the state'scrime rate. This is simply not
the case. Suchinstances have not occurredin otherstatesthat haveenactednondiscriminatoryRight to
Carry laws that allow qualified, law-abidingcitizensto obtaina permitto carrya concealedfirearm for self
defense.In fact, statesthat currentlyissueRight to Carrypermitshave lower overall violent crime rates.
Accordingto an FBI report, in stateswith Right to Carry laws, total violent crime is 18%lower, homicide
is 21% lower, robberyis 32% lower, and aggravated is
assault 11% lower. Law-abidingMissourians
deserve havethis life-saving,crime deterrent availableto them.
Additionally, passage the RecklessLawsuit Preemption would prohibit local governments
from circumventingthe legislativeprocessby filing recklesslawsuitsagainstlawful firearm manufacturers
to recovercostsrelatedto criminal misuseof their products. Contraryto what critics are claiming, SB 13
would not affect the right of partiesto suefor damages sustainedfrom truly defectiveproducts. Moreover,
a vast majority of the dozensof cases filed by cities andcountiesnationwidehave beendismissedby the
courts, further highlighting that theserecklesslawsuitsare basedon a political agenda,ratherthanmerit.
In closing, I againencourage to supportHB 349 and SB 13 and helpensurethat law-abiding
Missouriansare no longerdeniedthe fundamental and
right of self defense to protecta lawful industry
from politically-motivated recklesslawsuits.