Missouri lawmakers race to be first to ‘nullify’ federal gun laws imposed by Biden administration

Missouri lawmakers race to be first to ‘nullify’ federal gun laws imposed by Biden administration

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson delivers the State of the State address Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Jefferson City, Mo. The speech is traditionally given in the House chamber but was moved to the smaller Senate chamber at the last minute due to concerns about the coronavirus. (The Center Square) — On the same day the Missouri Senate debated 17 hours into the predawn to “perfect” a COVID-19 business liability protection bill, the Missouri House made short work of passing a bill prohibiting state law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal firearms regulations. House Bill 85 , the ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act,’ sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, advanced to a final House floor hearing Wednesday in a 107-43 mostly partisan vote. The measure would invalidate federal laws or “other actions deemed to infringe on a person’s Second Amendment right to bear arms,” while claiming not to infringe on federal authority to enforce federal gun laws in Missouri. All Missouri gun laws would remain in effect under the measure, which is one step away from adoption by the chamber and transferal to the Senate where a similar ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ awaits a first floor hearing. Sen. Eric Burlison’s, R-Battlefield, Senate Bill 39 was advanced by the chamber’s General Laws Committee on Jan. 26. Burlison sponsored the same bill last year but did not get a Senate hearing and, most notably, the 2013 ‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ that lawmakers adopted but was vetoed by then-Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. During a […]

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