Anti-gun control bill passes House, Senate bill vote looms

Anti-gun control bill passes House, Senate bill vote looms

SPRINGFIELD — One of two major pieces of state legislation regarding gun laws have passed the House, but some law enforcement officers still have concerns about it. Republican Lawmakers from the Ozarks have focused this session on what they call the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” through two bills: Senate Bill 39 and House Bill 85. The original text for both bills is almost identical. The bills protect Missourians from any strict gun control rules that might come down from the Biden Administration. These Republican-backed bills essentially don’t allow police to enforce the laws related to guns that could come down from the federal government if they pass. Sheriff Jim Arnott, a major supporter of the 2nd amendment, agrees with the intent but says he sees an issue with language in those bills that could hamper the ability to do things when they investigate suspects. Arnott says his deputies often operate under what is called “qualified immunity.” An example of that is when a deputy may be investigating a suspect, and may need to take possession of someone’s weapon as part of that investigation if that person was involved in a crime. Arnott explains this is intended in good faith as part of an officers job, not to take firearms from citizens for no reason. If that person was found to have done nothing wrong, then deputies will give that firearm back to the person. The original text of these bills put law enforcement officers in a tough spot. “If […]

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