Article by Bryan Howard
March 21, 2019
Missouri is received a huge victory in the pro-2a movement. The Missouri State Senate passed a bill that would remove all federal gun control laws on the state of Missouri. The bill is now moving to the Missouri state House, which should pass considering Republicans hold a 2/3 majority. Assuming it passes the House it will move to the final stage of the Governor signature who happens to be a Republican as well.
The Sentinel noted, “Like it’s predecessor, SB613, Bill SB367 and it’s companion, House Bill HB786, would prevent all state agencies and their employees from enforcing any federal law that infringes the Second Amendment in any way, including gun registrations, fees, fines, licenses and bans. Originally authored in 2014, a former version of the bill was also passed, but vetoed by then Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.”
“All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States I and Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.”
The bill lays out rules that prevent federal laws from deterring citizens from purchasing firearms.
(a) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(b) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(c) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(d) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and
(e) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens
The new bill is likely to pass all channels of the Missouri government, but it will likely be brought to a Federal court for final say. However, the bill should hold up in the federal court because states have the legal right not to enforce federal laws they view as unconstitutional.
Missouri would become the first state to remove all federal gun control laws and likely be a trend setter. Many Red states will follow suit after the law is settled and gun control laws would become obsolete.