Missouri judge rejects challenges to ballot items

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A Missouri judge has rejected legal challenges to a pair of proposed constitutional amendments dealing with gun rights and transportation taxes.

In two similar rulings Tuesday, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem dismissed the lawsuits against the measures as moot because less than six weeks remain before the Aug. 5 election.

Beetem also ruled that the ballot summaries approved by the Republican-led Legislature are sufficient and fair.

His rulings are likely to be appealed.

One of the measures would ask voters to impose a three-quarters cent sales tax for transportation projects.

The other measure would enhance the right to keep and bear arms in the Missouri Constitution. It would declare th right to be “unalienable” and subject gun-control restrictions to a tougher legal standard.