Missouri GOP leaders unlikely to revise Second Amendment law at police group’s request

Missouri Republican legislative leaders appear uninterested in revising a new Second Amendment law at the request of a police group that says the measure makes it harder for local law enforcement to apprehend suspects in gun-related crimes. The Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA ) was a victory for GOP politicians and gun rights activists when it passed last year. It was buoyed by lawmakers’ desire to push back on gun control measures promised by President Joe Biden’s administration. SAPA declares certain federal gun laws “invalid” if they do not have an equivalent in Missouri statutes and prohibits local police from helping federal agents to enforce them. Senior Republicans said Thursday, in essence, that they like the law the way it is. “There was certainly a lot of broad support in our caucus for that last year,” Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden, a Columbia Republican, told reporters Thursday. “To do anything … it’s probably a bit of a tough one.” Under SAPA, police departments are subject to $50,000 lawsuits from private citizens who believe their Second Amendment rights were violated. That has led Missouri police to halt a variety of routine practices that involve either firearms or the federal government. They include withdrawing from joint efforts to enforce gun or drug laws , cutting off the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from shell casing information gathered at crime scenes and, in some cases, barring officers from even talking to federal agents without permission. The Biden administration has called […]

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