Lawmakers in Missouri are once again trying to nullify federal gun laws within the Show-Me State, and this time around they hope Second Amendment advocates elsewhere will join in their fight.
The Republican-controlled State Legislature came up one vote shy last year of overriding a veto from Governor Jay Nixon, a democrat, who opposed a conservative-led effort to outlaw the enforcement of federal gun control regulations within Missouri.
Under that bill, police officers caught enforcing federal gun law restrictions within the state would have been subject to criminal and civil penalties. Just months after Gov. Nixon’s veto kept the bill off the books, though, lawmakers are again rehashing their effort to keep federal regulations from interfering with their United States Constitution-protected right to bear arms.
State Sen. Brian Nieves (R-District 26) introduced a bill last week, the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which again attempts to forbid law enforcement officials within the state from restricting firearm ownership.
“This act declares as invalid all federal laws that infringe on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the US Constitution,” the bill reads, and “declares that it is the duty of the courts and law enforcement agencies to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.”
“Under this act, no public officer or state employee has the authority to enforce firearms laws declared invalid by the act,” the bill continues, and if approved those in violation could land themselves Class A misdemeanor charges.