Sponsor of new Missouri law voiding federal gun mandates ready for legal fight

Sponsor of new Missouri law voiding federal gun mandates ready for legal fight

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Now under state law, police departments in Missouri can be fined for violating someone’s Second Amendment rights after the governor signed the legislation over the weekend. The Second Amendment Preservation Act voids any federal gun laws and allows a person to sue a police department for up to $50,000 if an officer infringes on someone’s Second Amendment rights. It was one of the largest controversial bills passed by the General Assembly during session. House Bill 85 was sponsored by Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Republic). “This bill will have no impact on crime in the state of Missouri,” Taylor said. “Again, this law applies to law-abiding citizens.” Taylor said he filed the bills in previous years but it never made it across the finish line. The reason he thinks it passed this year is because of the Biden administration’s threats for gun control. “We’re going to enforce all the state laws that we have in relation to gun laws,” Taylor said. “We’re just not going to help the feds enforce some of their unconstitutional or things that will be coming that we’ve been threatened with this administration. I think the current administration and the Democrats being in control of the Senate and Congress has really kind of lit a fire under some of the Republicans in our party.” Before Taylor’s time in the General Assembly, other lawmakers have also proposed similar legislation. In 2013, the legislature approved the bill, but Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed the […]

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