Greene Co. Sheriff concerned about some aspects of proposed state bills to nullify federal gun laws

Greene Co. Sheriff concerned about some aspects of proposed state bills to nullify federal gun laws

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Twin bills in the state’s legislature sponsored by southwest Missouri representatives aim at blocking gun control laws that come from the federal government. But some of the language in those bills is causing concern for law enforcement agencies. “I think anything on the federal level as it relates to the second amendment is an infringement,” said Jered Taylor of Republic, a state representative who’s sponsoring House Bill 85. “If anyone were to pass gun legislation it should be on the state level.” Senator Eric Burlison of Nixa is sponsoring the Senate version of the bill (SB39). Both versions would prohibit state law enforcement agencies from upholding federal gun laws that are more restrictive than state laws. Taylor and Burlison are both Republicans and their legislation is aimed as a preemptive strike against new Democratic President Joe Biden. “Joe Biden says we’re gonna ban AR-15′s, we’re gonna ban certain capacity magazines, we’re gonna make additional background checks, we’re gonna make people register their weapons,” Taylor said. “We’re just telling the federal government we’re not going to help you enforce your federal gun laws.” Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott is among several statewide law enforcement leaders who are concerned about the ramifications of the bills if they’re passed. “I believe the goal is we don’t want a federal gun grab and I totally agree with the concept,” Arnott said of people worrying that their guns might be taken away. “It’s just what we see unfortunately on a […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.