New 2nd Amendment Protections In Missouri Split Law Enforcement

New 2nd Amendment Protections In Missouri Split Law Enforcement

With shootings surging in many places across the country, at least 10 states this year have enacted so-called "Second Amendment sanctuary" laws. They vary state-by-state but most are meant to pre-empt tighter gun control measures that could come from the Biden Administration. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, signed his state’s version earlier this month at a gun shop outside of Kansas City, echoing a claim that made the rounds on conservative social media: "You’ve had the vice president of the United States get up in an open forum — when she was running for president, if you remember this — and any particular weapon she decided she didn’t like, she was going to come to your house, onto your front door, and take it away," he said. "Well not in Missouri, she’s not." Missouri’s new law imposes a $50,000 fine on any state or local official who enforces a federal gun law that’s not also a Missouri law. The rule also says that federal laws that infringe on the Second Amendment are invalid in the state. A version of the act was first introduced by state lawmakers in 2013. "This is a stupid, dangerous and unconstitutional law," says Missouri state Sen. Lauren Arthur, a Democrat from Kansas City. The problem she and others point out, constitutionally, is the Supremacy Clause — the part of the U.S. Constitution that says federal laws overrule conflicting state laws. Arthur also says she thinks the legislation makes Missouri "a more dangerous place." […]

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