The state House has passed this year’s attempt at a law to nullify federal gun laws in Missouri. The bill would declare null and void any current or future gun law or regulation that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms.
Representative Doug Funderburk (R-St. Peters) says he has removed a provision that would have caused a law enforcement officer who enforces such a federal law to be prevented from ever being a Missouri law enforcement officer again.
“I don’t want to risk a good law enforcement officer’s career on the potential that they may have made a one-time mistake in the carrying-out of their duties,” says Funderburk.
Representative Judy Morgan (D-Kansas City) says the bill is clearly unconstitutional and will be thrown out by courts. She is also concerned about some of the laws it seeks to nullify.
“It’s against federal laws for any person to sell any firearm or ammunition to felons, fugitives from justice, unlawful drug users, anyone who has been committed to a mental institution or anyone who has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence,” notes Morgan.
The House’s bill would also let Missourians sue federal workers for enforcing federal laws.
The two chambers have only until Friday evening to agree on a law and send it to the Governor.