County leaders critical of state gun law

County leaders critical of state gun law

The Examiner Jackson County officials are signing onto a lawsuit challenging a new state law seeking to undermine federal gun laws, and several of them have sharp criticism for the new policy. They described the law as not only unneeded and unconstitutional but harmful to police doing their work and harmful to the victims of gun violence. “The thing that I want to stress,” said county Legislator Crystal Williams, D-Kansas City, “is at the end of the day the issues around the law that was passed in Missouri have to do with nullification of federal laws in the state – which I’m going to remind people the Civil War was fought over this and the Missouri Legislature completely overstepped their bounds.” The Missouri General Assembly passed the Second Amendment Protection Act in May largely along party lines, and Gov. Mike Parson signed it last month. It forbids law-enforcement officers in Missouri from enforcing federal gun laws, it carries a fine against police agencies of $50,000 per officer taking part in such enforcement, and it bans police who enforce those laws from working in law enforcement. In response, the U.S. Justice Department has told Parson the state cannot ignore federal law and that the new law threatens relationships between federal and local law-enforcement agencies. St. Louis and St. Louis County have sued to block the law. Jackson County is asking to join that suit. “We are states under the federal government. This is Basic Civics 101,” Williams said. Proponents of […]

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