JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A bill proposed Thursday in the Missouri House of Representatives is "meaningless" with "no chance" of becoming law. That has not prevented an avalanche of attention from quickly forming.
"We have received tons of calls about it today from around the country," said Rep. Lincoln Hough, R - Springfield.
House Bill 545 is the first Missouri or federal proposal that would make illegal a weapon that some people legally own right now. The bill would make it a Class C felony to manufacture, import, possess, purchase, sell, or transfer any assault weapon or large capacity magazine.
It has, according to Missouri lawmakers whom KY3 reached on Thursday, a less-than-remote chance of becoming law.
"The bill's sponsor has a better chance of being the next Pope," texted Rep. Eric Burlison, R - Springfield.
"Impossible. No way. It has no chance of passing either chamber," said Sen. Bob Dixon, R - Springfield.