St. Louis City and County file suit to block Missouri’s controversial gun law

St. Louis City and County file suit to block Missouri’s controversial gun law

ST. LOUIS– St. Louis City and St. Louis County sue to block a new law that would ban police from enforcing federal gun rules. The joint suit was filed in Cole County and asks the court to declare the new law unconstitutional under the federal and state constitutions. The Second Amendment Preservation Act (HB 85) 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. Days after Gov. Mike Parson signed the bill into effect, the Justice Department warned Missouri officials that the state can’t ignore federal law. In a letter sent to Governor Parson, Justice officials said the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause outweighs the measure that Gov. Mike Parson signed into law Saturday. St. Louis City and County officials said in a statement about the suit that Missouri has some of the weakest gun regulations in the country and one of the highest rates of gun violence deaths per capita. The officials also say legislators passed HB 85 in an effort to prevent enforcement of federal gun laws in Missouri. The officials say the new law has already disrupted law enforcement on local, state, and federal levels: The United States Department of Justice declared that the new law unconstitutionally interferes with federal law enforcement and threatens the ability of local police departments to access federal grants. The State of Missouri withdrew its prosecutors from assisting in federal drug, carjacking, and gun […]

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