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House Bill NO. 1686
96th General Asemmbly

Rep. Louis Ruiz intruduced Blair's Law in the State of Kansas on February 14th, 2012. It will be House Bill 2748. You are able to track the bill's progress on the Kansas website, which is www.kslegislature.org

KC rep. proposes ‘Blair’s Law’ to curb reckless handgun fire

Missouri House Minority Leader Mike Talboy, D-Kansas City

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The death of a Kansas City girl last Fourth of July could be a catalyst for changing the state’s gun laws.

On Wednesday, State House Minority Leader Mike Talboy introduced a bill that would make it a felony to negligently discharge a firearm within the limits of any municipality in the state of Missouri.

The bill is in response to the death of 11-year-old Blair Shanahan Lane, who was killed by a stray bullet that was recklessly discharged as part of a Fourth of July celebration last year. House Bill 1686, known as Blair’s Law, would not criminalize the lawful discharge of a weapon, such as in self defense or on a supervised firing range.

“Police throughout Missouri for decades have warned of the potentially deadly consequences of celebratory gunfire, but some people still don’t listen,” Talboy said in a written statement.

Blair was dancing with friends and family at a Forth of July celebration when she was suddenly struck in the neck by a bullet discharged from a 9 mm Glock. The shot came from a group of men firing the gun into a pond more than 1,100 feet away.

The shooter was sentenced to three year’s in prison for involuntary manslaughter, but Talboy said there should be tougher laws to cover the reckless discharge of weapons in populated areas.

Kansas City has an existing ordinance that makes firing a weapon a violation with a sentence of up to 180 days, but Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said the current law does not send a strong enough message and that only a state law would have the necessary impact.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to make sure that Blair's Law get's passed. For the many people that have died or have been disabled, we want to make sure no other family has to be where we are or lose what we have lost. We have been blessed with a strong Faith in Christ and will see this all the way through to the end. This law will forever be Blair's legacy. As she wanted to 'Change the World'

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Troop 305 Junoir Girl Scout
Blair Michaela Shanahan Lane