Plan to invalidate federal gun laws wins approval in Missouri House

Plan to invalidate federal gun laws wins approval in Missouri House

A stiff breeze keeps the Missouri state flag aloft on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, outside the Capitol. Photo by Christian Gooden, JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House on Wednesday gave first-round approval to a proposal that would prevent local law enforcement from enforcing federal gun laws that aren’t on the books in Missouri. The “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor , R-Nixa, seeks to invalidate federal laws or other actions deemed to infringe on a person’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. Lawmakers approved the proposal Wednesday on a 107-43 vote. Under the original version of Taylor’s measure, individual officers would be held liable if they were found to knowingly enforce or attempt to enforce federal gun laws nullified in Missouri. An amendment by Taylor, and approved by the House, struck an officer’s individual liability, instead allowing people to sue individual police departments if they infringe upon their rights, with a minimum fine of $50,000. “It would be against the department rather than the individual,” Taylor said. Rep. Peter Merideth , D-St. Louis, said this amounted to defunding the police — a slogan Republicans used against Democrats during the 2020 campaign.

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