Missouri’s rejection of federal gun control sets up showdown with DOJ

Missouri’s rejection of federal gun control sets up showdown with DOJ

In this Aug. 6, 2020 file photo, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt speaks during a news conference in St. Louis. Missouri’s Republican governor and attorney general have told the U.S. Department of Justice that they stand by the state’s new … The state of Missouri isn’t backing down after passing a law recently that rejects federal gun restrictions, even after the Justice Department warned the state against enforcing the new legislation. Missouri’s Gov. Mike Parson this month signed the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which instructs local and state police not to enforce federal gun laws. A violation of the state law could result in a $50,000 fine. The move prompted the Justice Department to send state officials a letter last week, telling Mr. Parson that Missouri can’t ignore federal law. “Missouri is not attempting to nullify federal law. Instead, Missouri is defending its people from federal government overreach by prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies from being used by the federal government to infringe Missourians’ right to keep and bear arms,” wrote Mr. Parson and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in response to the DOJ. A spokesperson from the Justice Department did not immediately comment on the matter. The state law was passed with the intent to curtail the feds from enforcing increasingly restrictive gun laws on Missourians. “This is, in many ways, forward-looking — expecting a very aggressive action on the part of the Biden administration as it relates to the Second Amendment,” Mr. Schmitt, who is […]

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