Helena mayor says his city will defy state gun ‘sovereignty’ bill

Helena mayor says his city will defy state gun ‘sovereignty’ bill

MAYOR SMITH: Will continue to enforce federal gun law in his city. Helena-West Helena Mayor Kevin Smith has issued a fuller statement on his note to me this morning promising to defy a proposed state law meant to prevent local law enforcement from co-operating the federal government in enforcement of gun laws legislators don’t like. The key legislation is now awaiting the governor’s decision. Smith’s words should encourage him to do the right thing. A lawsuit is in the making, it would appear, should the bill become law and the state attempt to punish Helena-West Helena for continued vigorous work, in partnership with the feds, against gun crime. Mayor Kevin Smith, of Helena-West Helena, said today that his city will defy any new State law preventing local law enforcement from cooperating with Federal law enforcement agencies when enforcing Federal gun crime laws. SB 298, by State Senator Gary Stubblefield and Senator Brandt Smith, would potentially expose local law enforcement officers to a $500 fine if charged with violating the proposed law, which some argue would protect Second Amendment right to bear arms, and others say would hinder violent crime prevention. “My NRA voting record, as a state senator years ago, was a triple A rating — the best you could get at the time,” said Smith. ”I understand both the politics and the importance of being vigilant regarding gun rights. But this is going way too far. I am not sure where we would be as a city without […]

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