Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act outlaws local enforcement of federal gun laws

Missouri's Second Amendment Preservation Act outlaws local enforcement of federal gun laws

A new and potentially precedent-setting state gun law passed in the spring in Missouri. It’s called the Second Amendment Preservation Act, or SAPA for short. It prohibits state agencies from helping the federal government enforce any law, rule or regulation which Missouri considers an infringement on the right to bear arms. Each violation can carry a $50,000 penalty. Think of it like this, for a police officer in Missouri, federal gun laws, effectively, no longer exist. Missouri Democrats and lawyers at the U.S. Department of Justice argue the new law is unconstitutional, but what got our attention is that a significant number of conservative police and prosecutors who love their guns don’t like this law. Kacey Proctor: I think a lotta people when they hear about this bill– at least a lotta people in Missouri that have heard, they think, “This is great. The state of Missouri’s told the federal government to go mind their own business and stay away from our guns.” But what this bill does is impact a local law enforcement officer’s ability to do their job. Kacey Proctor and Steve Sokoloff Kacey Proctor serves as the prosecutor for rural Butler County. Steve Sokoloff is general counsel for the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys. Norah O’Donnell: Do you have a history of opposing laws that would expand Second Amendment rights in Missouri? Kacey Proctor: Absolutely not. I’m a member of two different gun clubs. I shoot once a week at minimum. My kids shoot, my 7-year-old […]

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