Jones, Page, Take Second Amendment Preservation Act To Court

Jones, Page, Take Second Amendment Preservation Act To Court

Mayor Tishaura Jones and County Executive Sam Page filed a joint lawsuit Monday challenging the constitutionality of Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act. A new law that seeks to nullify federal gun laws in Missouri is facing its first legal challenge. St. Louis and St. Louis County jointly filed suit Monday asking a judge in Cole County, Missouri to find the Second Amendment Preservation Act unconstitutional. “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,” Mayor Tishaura Jones said in a statement. County Executive Sam Page called the new law a sign that says “come commit gun violence here.” “We can’t expect people to stay in St. Louis or to move their businesses here if we don’t do everything we can to reduce gun violence in the region, but this new law sends the opposite message to our residents and business community,” Page said. SAPA, adopted on the last day of the legislative session and signed by Gov. Mike Parson last week forbade local police from enforcing federal gun laws. Citizens gained the right to sue cities whose law enforcement officers try to enforce federal gun restrictions, leading to fines that could reach hundreds of thousands of dollars. The 15-page lawsuit says SAPA violates the rights of St. Louis and St. Louis County to set their own powers. It also claims the law violates the […]

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