‘Second Amendment Preservation Act’ worries sheriff’s association

'Second Amendment Preservation Act' worries sheriff's association

Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Puett on Monday said he’s worried a bill making its way through the Missouri legislature would prevent local law enforcement from working with federal partners. Missouri sheriffs say a bill that would ban them from cooperating with federal law enforcement in certain circumstances could have a detrimental effect on protecting communities. A collection of bills, known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” would prevent local law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal agents who are perceived to violate the second amendment or section 23 of the Missouri Constitution. “We have equal passion about protecting our citizens,” Bill Puett, Buchanan County sheriff, said. “And we do that sometimes by working with federal partners to make sure that we get the most effective use of all our resources to arrest or bring to justice people who would commit crimes against our citizens.” The Missouri House bills recently passed a Missouri Senate committee, meaning they’re two steps away from becoming law. If the bills pass the senate, they would need to be signed into law by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson. “I believe the recent news about the president’s plans to enforce executive orders restricting our right to bear arms makes SAPA an issue the legislature must address immediately,” State Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, said in a statement . “Due to this urgent threat, I have worked diligently to sponsor a bill that law enforcement supports and has received approval from the Missouri House and will be brought before […]

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