Bad Missouri bill targets the police

Bad Missouri bill targets the police

My name is state Rep. Robert Sauls, and I represent the 21st District in Independence. I was born and raised here. I am a prior prosecutor and current member of the United States military. I have owned firearms since I was 13 years old. I do not share the same concerns over guns that some members in my party share. Let me be clear of something, I am a Democrat and I am not coming to take your guns. I have my own. I wanted to be clear so that you might understand my position because on Feb. 4, the Missouri House of Representatives passed the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.” I want to be clear that this bill is not about protecting the Second Amendment. It is about driving a wedge between Democratic and Republican voters, and it suggests that Democrats do not support the Second Amendment. HB 85 is a dangerous piece of legislation being used to virtue signal to the Republican base that GOP elected officials in Missouri will stand in defiance of any federal regulation on guns, even current law. Aside from the questionable constitutionality of the bill, one of its most glaring problems relates to the fines that will be levied on local police departments as well as the restriction on prosecutorial authority. The thrust of the bill is that local law enforcement will not be allowed to coordinate with federal authorities on the enforcement of federal gun laws. Not a fictitious, nonexistent and highly […]

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