States may bind together to find gun control

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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.



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