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

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

The lawsuit asks the court to declare the new law unconstitutional under the federal and state constitutions ST. LOUIS — The City of St. Louis and St. Louis County filed a joint lawsuit Monday seeking to block a new law in Missouri that bans local law enforcement from enforcing federal gun laws. A joint news release from the city and county said House Bill 85 makes Missouri a "sanctuary state for gun violence." The law would subject law enforcement agencies with officers who knowingly enforce federal gun laws to a fine of about $50,000 per violating officer. It also states that any federal laws, executive orders or other federal regulations to track or take away firearms from law-abiding citizens will be considered void in Missouri, the Associated Press reported . The bill has also pitted some law enforcement organizations who are typically in lockstep with the governor against him. But one local expert said all of the fuss may be for naught, and suggested the public think back to their eighth-grade civics class to figure out why. "That lawsuit being filed, is about as surprising as the sun rising in the eastern sky this morning," said Greg Willard, adjunct professor for St. Louis University’s School of Law. "When it comes to the constitutionality of legislation, just because Governor Parson or President Biden says something is constitutional, it is not necessarily true in our system. "The constitutionality of legislation is determined in one place and one place only, and that’s […]

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