New Missouri law bans police from enforcing federal gun regulations

New Missouri law bans police from enforcing federal gun regulations

Missouri officers who knowingly enforce any federal gun laws could be sued and fined $50,000 per violating officer. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13) BOONE COUNTY — Boone County Sheriff’s investigators had concerns Friday over a new Missouri law banning police from enforcing federal gun guidelines. The law penalizes local sheriff and police departments if their officers enforce federal gun regulations. Supporters of the new law call it the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Governor Mike Parson said Missouri’s new law protects legal gun owners from any possible new federal gun restrictions under President Joe Biden’s administration and other Democrat leaders in Washington. Boone County Sheriff’s investigators talked with their lawyers and tried to figure out how the new law impacts their relationship with federal agencies including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The Boone County Sheriff’s Department is part of an ATF Task Force that cracks down on criminals using illegal guns. Some Missouri law enforcement agencies are pulling officers off federal task forces while they get more familiar with the new law. Missouri officers who knowingly enforce any federal gun laws could be sued and fined $50,000 per violating officer. Boone County Sheriff’s Department Captain Brian Leer said, “We are consulting with our legal counsel right now to understand the total ramifications that it will have on our agency and on our practices. Right now, they are trying to determine exactly how deep the impact is.” Members of the Missouri Sheriff’s Association said the law was worded too vaguely. […]

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