Are Federal Gun Restrictions Enforceable In Missouri? Judge Will Rule Soon On State’s New Law

Are Federal Gun Restrictions Enforceable In Missouri? Judge Will Rule Soon On State's New Law

Carlos Moreno / KCUR 89.3 Gov. Mike Parson signs HB85 inside Frontier Justice on Saturday. He and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt have responded to a Department of Justice request for a clarification of the law. The city and county of St. Louis asked a court to overturn the Missouri bill that would fine law enforcement agencies and officers who work with federal agencies to enforce gun regulations. Missouri police agencies will know within a week whether they can work with the federal government to enforce certain gun laws, Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green said Thursday. After hearing arguments over the bill lawmakers named the “Second Amendment Protection Act,” Green said he would decide quickly whether to put enforcement of the bill on hold or declare that St. Louis and St. Louis County failed in their challenge. “It is my intention to get you an answer within a week,” Green said. In the lawsuit filed in June, St. Louis and St. Louis County are asking for a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the law , which took effect immediately when Gov. Mike Parson signed it on June 12. The bill declares that when “the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution of the United States, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.” It then states that federal gun laws adding special taxes on firearms, requiring registration or tracking of firearms, ammunition and accessories, or taking away guns from “law […]

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