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Lawmakers to Consider ‘Blair’s Law,’ Criminalizing Celebratory Gunfire

Blair Shanahan Lane

Missouri state legislators will once again consider a bill increasing penalties for recklessly firing guns into the air. “Blair’s Law” has been before legislators for several years. The bill that would criminalize celebratory gunfire is named for Blair Shanahan Lane, who was struck in the neck by a bullet fired more than a half-mile away over a lake on July 4th, 2011. Blair died the next day.

A man who fired the shot that killed Blair served two years on an involuntary manslaughter charge.

Representative Mark Sharp of Kansas City plans to file a bill that would make celebratory gunfire a misdemeanor for a first offense and a felony thereafter. Sharp says the bill has bipartisan support, including from staunch gun rights supporters.

Sharp plans to file Blair’s law legislation when prefiling of bills begins on December 1st. The 2022 legislative session begins January 5th.

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