Legislation to invalidate federal gun laws shelved after debate in Missouri Senate

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — After almost three hours of debate Tuesday, the Missouri Senate shelved a plan to invalidate federal gun laws after facing intense pushback from Democrats who worried the proposed law would imperil crime-fighting partnerships between local and federal authorities. Debate spiraled to an end shortly before 8 p.m., when the Senate paused debate following an amendment by Democratic state Sen. Doug Beck, of south St. Louis County, that would have banned the transfer of guns to individuals on the FBI’s No Fly List. Beck said his amendment also banned the transfer of guns to individuals who are members of a group "that engages in or has a subgroup that engages in international or domestic terrorism" — a seeming reference to some militias such as one in Michigan that plotted to kidnap the state’s Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The amendment took debate off course, with GOP state Sen. Rick Brattin, of Harrisonville, arguing that some military veterans could be prevented from buying firearms under the proposal; he also criticized the militia-focused portion of Beck’s amendment. "The actual signers of the Declaration (of Independence) were considered domestic terrorists at that time as well," Brattin said. The measure, sponsored in the Senate by state Sen. Eric Burlison, a Battlefield Republican, seeks to invalidate federal laws or other actions deemed to infringe on a person’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. It would allow individuals to sue local police departments and governments, making them liable for a $50,000 civil penalty, […]

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