St. Louis city and county sue to block new Missouri gun law

St. Louis city and county sue to block new Missouri gun law

St. Louis and adjoining St. Louis County filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block Missouri’s new law barring state and local authorities from enforcing federal gun laws, saying the law would increase the risk of gun violence in a state already drowning in it. The suit filed in Cole County Circuit Court seeks an injunction to halt enforcement of the law and to overturn it on the grounds that it violates the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, which established that federal law trumps state law. The law, which Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed this month, would subject law enforcement agencies with officers who knowingly enforce any federal gun laws to a fine of about $50,000 per violating officer. Republican lawmakers who championed the legislation said they were motivated by the possibility that gun restrictions could be tightened by President Joe Biden’s administration. Democrats said the law is unconstitutional and predicted it wouldn’t survive a court challenge. Democratic St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones said the law is not only unconstitutional, but dangerous. She noted that 2020 was among the deadliest years ever for gun violence in Missouri. St. Louis had its deadliest year in a half-century. Kansas City, meanwhile, saw a record number of killings last year. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page, also a Democrat, said the region can’t prosper if people don’t feel safe. Trending News IRS sending millions more additional stimulus checks What’s behind the push for a fourth stimulus check No hurry for fuel station owners to install […]

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