Isom Urges Veto On Missouri Bill That Would Target Police For Infringing On Gun Rights

Isom Urges Veto On Missouri Bill That Would Target Police For Infringing On Gun Rights

File photo / Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio St. Louis’ interim Public Safety director, Dan Isom, as shown at a 2013 press conference. Last week, in the flurry of bills passed in the final days of Missouri’s 2021 legislative session, a curious piece of legislation found approval in both the House and Senate. House Bill 85 , which now goes to Gov. Mike Parson for his signature, makes it illegal to register or track firearms. The “Second Amendment Preservation Act” also holds that state law supersedes any federal laws on guns, nullifying any federal restrictions on gun ownership within Missouri’s borders. Any police department that employs someone who knowingly deprives a Missouri citizen of their Second Amendment rights could be fined up to $50,000 — per employee. Experts say parts of the law are patently unconstitutional. States, after all, can’t just override federal law. But St. Louis Interim Public Safety Director Dan Isom worries that other parts could survive a court challenge — and become a huge headache for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. He said on Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air that he is hopeful that Parson will veto it. St. Louis’ interim public safety director Dan Isom shares his thoughts about several bills approved last week by the Missouri legislature. Will the police department’s concerns be enough to trigger vetos by Governor Mike Parson? “The governor is former law enforcement,” Isom said. “I hope he would look at it and say this is […]

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