Law enforcement in Missouri is unsure of how the Second Amendment Preservation Act will affect their department

Law enforcement in Missouri is unsure of how the Second Amendment Preservation Act will affect their department

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Law enforcement agencies across the state are unsure how the new Missouri law will affect their relationship with their federal partners. The law imposes a $50,000 fine on any state or local official who enforces a federal gun law that is not already a law in Missouri. Brian Leer, with the Boone County Sheriffs office, said they are currently working with their legal counsel to try and determine the impact the SAPA law will have on the agency. "We understand that it will impact us as we have been heavily involved in an ATF Task Force for several years and have worked well with the ATF to identify those responsible for violent street crimes and crimes involving the use of firearms, but we aren’t clear yet what all the impact will be," Leer said. Eric Knox, Benton County Sheriff said the constitution is very important to the agency and they do not want to violate the constitution. Knox said he is concerned with how the law could affect law enforcement, especially at a time when there is a law enforcement worker shortage. Captain John Hotz, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said patrol members will continue to serve on federal task forces except where the task forces’ primary focus is weapons violations. The Patrol has currently suspended its participation with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives task force. The suspension affected one full-time and three part-time task force members from the Patrol. House […]

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