The Missouri Senate has passed a proposed change to the state's Constitution designed to strengthen gun rights.
The amendment would declare gun rights "unalienable" and compel elected officials in Missouri to defend against any infringement on the right to bear arms. It would also allow people to use firearms in defense of their families.
Senators voted 29-2 Thursday to send the measure to the House.
It is sponsored by Republican Sen. Kurt Schaefer, of Columbia.
Missouri voters would need to sign off on the constitutional change if the measure passes the House.