Missouri House Passes Measure Prohibiting Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

Missouri House Passes Measure Prohibiting Enforcement Of Federal Gun Laws

Tim Bommel Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Republic, has sponsored the Second Amendment Preservation Act for years, but he said it was important to pass this year as Democrats gain control at the federal level. The Missouri House on Thursday approved a measure that subjects state and local police departments to lawsuits if officers enforce federal gun laws. Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Republic, has sponsored the legislation , which is known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, for years. He said the need to pass it in 2021 is important because of a Congress and president “so openly against our Second Amendment.” The measure carries a penalty of a minimum fine of $50,000 plus court costs if a department enforces any federal gun law that the state does not have on its books. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, D-Springfield, pointed out that there is no upper limit included in the legislation. Taylor said that’s the point. “The best way to get the departments’ attention, and to make sure that they follow this law and to make sure they protect our Second Amendment rights, is to hit them in the pocketbook,” Taylor said. Some argued the measure would be unconstitutional, but Taylor said the anti-commandeering doctrine makes it legal. That doctrine says Congress cannot require states to enforce or adopt federal laws, giving states the ability to define their own laws. The most recent, controversial example upheld by the Supreme Court is sanctuary cities. While federal immigration laws are still in place, those […]

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