Local lawmakers take aim on Biden’s executive orders

Local lawmakers take aim on Biden's executive orders

If Rob Walt, owner of Rob’s Guns in Leadington, is finding gun sales are brisk, local legislators are working to keep it that way, supporting HB 85 which would countermand President Joe Biden’s executive orders. Sarah Haas Missouri’s Republican lawmakers are pursuing legislation that would nullify President Joe Biden’s recent executive orders that underscored his pledge to address gun violence by stiffening regulations. Biden’s steps include a move to crack down on “ghost guns,” homemade firearms that lack serial numbers used to trace them and are often purchased without a background check. He’s also moving to tighten regulations on pistol-stabilizing braces like the one used in Boulder, Colorado, in a shooting last month that left 10 dead. In an April 8 address, Biden mentioned a list of priorities for Congress, including passing the Violence Against Women Act, eliminating lawsuit exemptions for gun manufacturers and banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. He also called on the Senate to take up House-passed measures to close background check loopholes. Missouri’s Republican legislators responded quickly, vowing to fast-track the Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA), HB 85, which would effectively nullify the enforcement of any federal law seen to infringe on present gun sales and usage. Missouri legislators from St. Francois and surrounding counties recently voiced their opinions on the efforts. “I think federal law trumps state law, so I believe in the Supremacy Clause. But there are some other ways around, that you deal with this, such as, if they send federal troops […]

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