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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) _ A proposal to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers appears to have little chance in Missouri.

More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years on gun ownership for convicted domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the national gun debate.

St. Louis Democrat Rep. Stacey Newman’s bill would ban those convicted of domestic violence or sexual offenses from possessing guns, as well as those with protective orders against them.

Republican House Speaker Todd Richardson says it’s unlikely such a proposal will pass out of the House. He cited GOP support of gun rights.

An Associated Press analysis of FBI data shows more than 200 people were killed with guns by spouses, ex-spouses or dating partners in Missouri from 2006 to 2014.

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