New gun law won’t outlaw federal gun legislation, says legal expert

New gun law won't outlaw federal gun legislation, says legal expert

Roberts said the state’s argument in court on Thursday surrounds an issue between federal and local law enforcement officers. (Photo by Michael Adkison){/p} JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri’s new gun law, awaiting a decision from Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green , won’t outright outlaw federal gun laws, according to a legal expert on firearms. “Missouri law enforcement officers are not going to help federal officers enforce federal firearms laws,” Dale Roberts, an attorney, said. Roberts said the state’s argument in court on Thursday surrounds an issue between federal and local law enforcement officers. “I know some people have said ‘Missouri is trying to nullify federal law,'” Roberts said. “Well, that’s not what it does, it doesn’t nullify anything, it just says, you guys can enforce it, we’re just not going to help you. ” The U.S. Department of Justice weighed in on the case when it released a statement of interest on Wednesday, calling the new law “unconstitutional.” Roberts said that assessment is inaccurate. Another issue surrounding the law is the reaction of law enforcement officials. The DOJ’s statement alluded to several officers dropping out of federal partnerships. Roberts, who has worked for years with law enforcement officers, attributed that problem with workplace bureaucracy. “There’s frequently a fairly significant disconnect between what the officer on the street thinks and what command staff thinks,” he said. He still conceded to the $50,000 civil penalty connected to violating the Second Amendment Preservation Act. A local gun store owner, Doug Alley, said […]

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