By Elizabeth Matthews
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The gun control debate has been heating up across the country since the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. And now, a Missouri lawmaker wants to pass new restrictions.
In Missouri you don't need a permit to buy a gun and sometimes you don't even have to go through a background check.
Democratic Representative Stacey Newman of Richmond Heights wants to change that, by closing the gun show loophole.
At some gun shows, not all dealers are licensed and those un-licensed dealers are the ones selling, without looking into the buyer's background.
"Any sale regardless of where it is, needs to have a background check in terms of who you know you are selling that weapon to," says Newman.
Gun show promoter Alan Fasoldt says the proposal, and others like it, won't be effective. He says they wouldn't stop anything.
"Any kind of law, no matter what, well it's against the law to rob banks, and people still rob banks," says Fasoldt. "Laws are not designed to stop crime they are designed to punish crime."
Fasoldt says he's worried about his personal collection, what if he wants to sell a gun to a family member?
Newman says in her proposal there would be exceptions, including selling to family members.
"We are not trying to infringe on anything what we are trying to do is to make the same regulations as licensed dealers have as those that are being sold privately," says Newman.
Fasoldt says it is an infringement of gun owners' constitutional rights and he says it's not the weapons themselves doing the killing.
"I challenge anyone on her side to tell me how this is going to help anything," says Fasoldt. "You could put a loaded .38 next to the Pope do you think he would wake up in the middle of the night and start shooting everybody, no," says Fasoldt.
Newman plans on presenting this proposal the first week of the new session. She says 17 other states have similar rules.