Missouri Gov. Parson’s gun law echoes actions that led to the start of the Civil War

This month, Gov. Mike Parson signed the Second Amendment Preservation Act , which proclaimed Missouri would no longer enforce federal gun laws. His reason was that it “ demonstrates our commitment to reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property.” The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement that the state does not possess the authority to enact or enforce such a law. The actions of the state of Missouri are unconstitutional. In Article VI Clause 2, the U.S. Constitution affirms it is the “supreme law of the land.” Though the Tenth Amendment allows the individual states their sovereignty within their sphere of influence, all of the laws passed by state and local authorities must be enforced by lower governmental agencies. This doctrine of federal sovereignty has been reaffirmed time and again. In its 1803 decision in Marbury v. Madison , the U.S. Supreme Court stated, “a law repugnant to the Constitution is void, and that courts, as well as other departments, are bound by that instrument.” In 1819’s McCulloch v. Maryland , the court further defined the federal government’s constitutional sovereignty when it stated the States held no power “to retard, impede, burden, or in any manner control the operations of the constitutional laws enacted by Congress”. Furthermore, in 1859’s Ableman v. Booth , the court said again a state’s right to circumvent or nullify a federal law “certainly has not […]

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