Parson signs Second Amendment Protection Act for Missouri

Parson signs Second Amendment Protection Act for Missouri

United States Department of Justice reminds Parson of federal law; Parson, Atty. Gen. Schmitt reply with letter Gov. Mike Parson signed House Bill 85, better known as the Second Amendment Protection Act (SAPA), into law on Monday, June 14. According to information on the Missouri State Senate’s website, the law declares invalid all federal laws that “infringe on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution.” Some of the laws listed as being declared invalid include “certain taxes, certain registration and tracking laws, certain prohibitions on the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a specific type of firearm, and confiscation orders as provided in the act.” The law also states that it’s the duty of the courts and law enforcement agencies “to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms” and prohibits state and local employees in Missouri from enforcing laws invalidated by the act, though state employees may accept aid from federal officials in an effort to enforce Missouri gun laws. Additionally, under the law, any public officer, as well as any state or local employee who attempts to enforce a law declared invalid by SAPA “shall be subject to a civil penalty of $50,000 per employee hired by the law enforcement agency.” Attorney’s fees and court costs could also be awarded. The law, however, does allow law enforcement to work with federal officers “who are in pursuit of a suspect […]

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