Mayor James to continue commitment to ensuring safety of neighborhoods despite Senate Bill 656 override

September 11, 2014 - KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI


“I’m truly saddened that the Missouri General Assembly voted to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 656. This legislation is dangerous and unfortunate and the override puts political interests above the interests of people. As we heard Tuesday when a wide cross-section of community leaders and stakeholders joined me to oppose this bill, these provisions endanger police, burden educators, and take away tools in the prosecutors’ toolbox.

I’ll continue my commitment to KC No Violence Alliance (KC NovA), which is showing tremendous potential in reducing homicides in the urban core.  KC NoVA’s work will be even more important now that it is obvious we will get no help from the Missouri General Assembly.  I’ll also continue to highlight the need for common sense gun laws, even if it means just a handful in Jefferson City are listening, because it is the right thing to do.

I’m so proud of my friend, State Senator Jolie Justus, for having the courage and tenacity to take a strong stand against this bill. Although she didn’t have much support behind her last night, she had the best interest of the City at heart and for that I’m grateful. I’m also thankful to the Representatives from the Kansas City delegation who were ready to make their voices heard, but weren’t allowed the opportunity last night.”

Contact: Joni Wickham: 816-513-6582 or cell: 816-572-2152