Governor Parson has signed several bills, including one aimed at closing a gap in juvenile justice.

Governor Parson has signed several bills, including one aimed at closing a gap in juvenile justice.

Days after July 4, Gov. Mike Parson signed a law banning celebratory shootings in populated areas.

It’s part of a sweeping public safety bill that includes a provision to impose criminal penalties on people who injure police dogs and closes a loophole in the juvenile justice code.

It happens to someone somewhere almost every 4th of July or New Year’s Eve.

A stray bullet from a firearm used during a celebration causes unintentional human harm.

Thirteen years ago, this happened to Blair, the daughter of Michele Shanahan Demoss.

The eleven-year-old girl died and her mother has been fighting ever since to have the criminalisation of celebratory shootings brought before the governor.

“It took a while, but I think there’s a saying about the tortoise and the hare,” she said.

Another bill Parson signed concerns police dogs. In the past, killing a police dog was considered property damage.

“It’s a more serious crime to break a police car window than it is to kill a law enforcement dog,” said Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, a Platte County Republican.

This is no longer the case. The new public safety law makes it a crime of aggression.

As we noted on Monday, the law amends the juvenile code.

Under current law, an offender under 18 sentenced to 15 years or more in prison is eligible for parole after 15 years, unless the crime is first-degree murder.

The revision also exempts juvenile offenders convicted of second-degree murder, offenders such as Alyssa Bustamante of Cole County, who had her first parole hearing Monday.

Parson said the change would not take effect until late August and that the fact that he signed the bill only Tuesday should have no impact on the parole board’s decision in Bustamante’s case.

On Tuesday, Parson signed several other bills, including one aimed at clearing confusion among local governments over previous legislation to waive senior citizen property taxes.

Boone County approved the exemption without changes.

Cole County did not adopt the tax break.

Parson also signed bills addressing pollution and landowner rights.