(Rallying Patriots) – Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed HB 85, the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” on June 12 after it was recently approved by the state’s legislature.
The new law is designed to prevent state and local law enforcement agencies from enforcing any federal laws that infringe on the Second Amendment rights of Americans by regulating private gun ownership.
The legislative act:
Declares that all federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution must be invalid in this state, including those that impose a tax, levy, fee, or stamp on these items as specified in the bill; require the registration or tracking of these items or their owners; prohibit the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a firearm; or order the confiscation of these items.
In addition, the act also provides legal penalties for law enforcement officials and other state personnel who attempt to enforce unconstitutional federal firearm laws.
The new law essentially attempts to invalidate federal law within the state, which states don’t necessarily have the right to do, and it also declares that police and other law enforcement officials are not permitted to provide “material aid and support” to federal officials looking to prosecute Missouri residents under federal gun laws.
Gun control advocates have condemned the bill, primarily on the grounds that states cannot usurp federal supremacy when it comes to laws. This only really applies, however, to the part of the bill that specifically says it aims to invalidate federal gun laws.
National Public Radio, for instance quotes law professor Stephen Vladeck who states: “If I am a resident of Missouri, I am no less subject to federal gun laws today than [before the law was passed].”
In other words, the federal government can still draw upon their own resources to attempt to enforce federal gun control laws on Missouri residents.
However, the bill also directs state officials not to enforce federal laws in the state which does, in fact, make it more difficult for federal officials to enforce federal law and it deprives the federal government of resources it has long relied on.
According to InfoWars, “If the new Missouri legislation truly leads to a situation in which federal officials can’t count on any state or local manpower, this will mean a de facto decline in the ability of federal officials to enforce federal law in the state.”
The outlet also points out that for Missouri to be successful in standing against the federal government in regards to gun control laws, other states will need to get on board and enact similar legislation.
With the support of other states, it would make it clear to the federal government that they should not expect any support from state and local law enforcement agencies as they attempt to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.
With enough support and support from the right states, like Texas and Florida, the federal government could very well find themselves crippled when it comes to enforcing federal gun control laws.
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