Years after veto defeat, Springfield senator renews push to nullify federal gun laws

Years after veto defeat, Springfield senator renews push to nullify federal gun laws

Gun Rights

Here’s what you need to know about gun laws in Missouri. Wochit JEFFERSON CITY — Roughly five years after a similar measure dominated headlines, a local lawmaker is continuing the effort to reject federal gun laws he thinks go against the Second Amendment. Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield, is pushing a bill that would nullify any law forbidding possession and ownership of a firearm, accessory or ammunition “by law-abiding citizen." Taxes and registration requirements that might “reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect" would be void, too. He said he couldn’t stop federal officials from enforcing such laws, but he wants to make sure state and local law enforcement aren’t a party to it. Anyone defying that provision could be sued and barred from law enforcement in Missouri. Burlison told a Senate committee Thursday his “anti-commandeering” bill is needed at a time when people here feel the Second Amendment is under attack in Washington. Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Battlefield (Photo: Missouri Senate) “This strengthens Missourians’ rights and ensures that we are not going to participate in the federal government to enforce their laws that we have declared unlawful in Missouri,” he said. He noted that even the Trump administration moved last month to ban bump stocks, accessories that allow a semiautomatic rifle, which fires once for every pull of the trigger, to fire more rapidly. The devices came under scrutiny after they were found on guns used to kill more than 50 people in Las Vegas in 2017; challenges to […]

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