Jones, Page sue to strike down state gun sanctuary law

Jones, Page sue to strike down state gun sanctuary law

St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page Law raises concerns among police Two local leaders on Monday filed a lawsuit to block a new law which makes Missouri a sanctuary state for gun violence by preventing local law enforcement from following federal gun laws. St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones and St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page joined together to file the suit in Cole County Circuit Court, asking for a judgement that declares the new law unconstitutional under both federal and state constitutions. “2020 was the deadliest year of gun violence in our state’s history, and now the Missouri legislature is throwing up barriers to stop police from doing their most important job —preventing and solving violent crime,” Jones wrote in a media release. “This harmful and unconstitutional law takes away tools our communities need to prevent gun violence. I’m proud to partner with St. Louis County in this effort to protect our region and stop this law.” Page and Jones pointed out that Missouri has some of the weakest gun regulations in the country and one of the highest rates of gun violence deaths per capita. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2019 there were 1,252 people who died from gunshot wounds in the state, making for a mortality rate of 20.6 deaths per 100,000 people. “This new law is like the state holding out a sign that says ‘Come Commit Gun Violence Here,’” Page wrote in […]

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