State judge shoots down bid to block controversial Missouri gun law

Critics say the state law, which bars local police agencies from enforcing nationwide gun restrictions, is unconstitutional because it conflicts with federal law. Handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP) JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CN) — A Missouri judge refused Friday to issue a preliminary injunction against a controversial state law outlawing enforcement of federal gun rules. House Bill 85, signed into law in June by Republican Governor Mike Parson, declares that certain federal firearms provisions are invalid, penalizes individuals who enforce those laws and imposes civil penalties against state and local law enforcement agencies that employ such individuals. The city of St. Louis, St. Louis County and Jackson County filed suit in Cole County Circuit Court last month seeking an injunction to block enforcement of the law as unconstitutional. The ruling by Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel R. Green came a day before the law is to go in effect. In denying the plaintiffs’ request for a declaratory judgment, Green, a Republican, found that they have an adequate remedy in two other related cases. “The constitutional issues raised in this matter should be litigated (if at all) by each plaintiff in each separate case,” Green wrote in a two-page ruling. Green added that the denial for declaratory judgment made the motion for preliminary injunction moot and granted the state’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, a Republican and U.S. […]

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