Legislature approves Second Amendment Preservation Act

Legislature approves Second Amendment Preservation Act

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With an hour left in session, the Missouri House gave final approval to a controversial bill proponents say would protect the Second Amendment rights of Missourians. The House voted 111-42 to finally pass HB 85 , legislation from Rep. Jered Taylor that would allow state gun laws to supersede federal regulations. Known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA), it would nullify any federal law that restricts gun ownership, including those related to taxes, tracking, confiscation orders, and prohibitions on possession. Another section would require those who knowingly deprive a Missouri citizen of those rights to be liable for redress for $50,000, including law enforcement departments. “We are doing this bill because the Second Amendment is under attack,” Taylor said. “This is gun policy agnostic; we are saying in our state that we know best rather than some federal politician from California or Illinois. … I want to thank all the people and groups who have helped with this.” Rep. Peter Merideth rose to speak against the bill, saying it would encourage fringe groups and denouncing the rejection of an amendment in the upper chamber. “This could actually give domestic abusers a defense in court that they would be able to sue a sheriff’s department if they say they aren’t allowed to have that gun,” he said. “It’s embarrassing for our state for us to pass this bill claiming federal law is void and unconstitutional.” Democrats in the Senate stood on the bill for several […]

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