Following the Biden administration’s planned regulations to regulate rifles with stabilizing braces, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-Mo.) will sign legislation prohibiting state law enforcement agencies from enforcing new federal gun restrictions.
According to Parson’s spokeswoman Kelli Jones, the Republican governor will sign the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” which states that Missouri courts and law enforcement authorities must safeguard residents’ rights to keep and bear guns under the Second Amendment. It also proclaims federal laws that violate that right to be null and void, the Kansas City Star reported.
“The Governor is aware of the legal implications of this bill, but also that, now more than ever, we must define a limited role for federal government in order to protect citizen’s rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Jones said in a statement to news outlets on Thursday, June 10.
“This is about empowering people to protect themselves and acknowledging the federalist constitutional structure of our government,” Jones added.
According to the Kansas City Star, the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” would void federal gun rules relating to gun registration and the tracking of arms by domestic violence offenders. As such, only felons and fugitives are forbidden to have a gun in Missouri.
Additionally, local police will be prohibited from assisting federal agents in enforcing laws deemed “invalid,” and the hiring of former federal agents who enforced the laws will also be prohibited. Only federal laws that are also in effect in Missouri are exempt.
Local police departments can be sued for up to $50,000 if they enforce one of the federal statutes. However, according to the report, federal officials can still enforce the laws.
The bill was slammed by gun-control advocates and Democrats, who claimed it would violate the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. Democrats have also warned that the legislation is harmful because Missouri has a high incidence of shootings and killings.
“This bill has no benefit, and will interfere with the enforcement of the critical protections that help keep Missourians safe from gun violence,” Moms Demand Action spokesman Tara Bennett said in a statement after Parson indicated that he would support the bill. “There is no doubt this bill should not become law.”
But Republicans in the state legislature claimed that the federal government would continue to press for more and more gun control legislation.
“Gun bans directly, magazine bans, attacks on private gun manufacturers, red flag laws and restrictions on individual citizens from buying firearms,” state Sen. Eric Burlison, a Republican, said in January.
“We’re just simply saying we’re not going to lift a finger to enforce their rules,” Burlison said in May.
“We are doing this bill because the Second Amendment is under attack. It’s under attack by the Democrats, specifically the Biden administration and the Democrats in Washington,” said state Rep. Jered Taylor (R) when the bill passed in May.
Since 2013, the Second Amendment Preservation Act has been introduced multiple times in the state legislature. Gov. Jay Nixon (D) had previously vetoed the law.
However, the law was adopted by the Senate by a vote of 22-10, and the House by a vote of 111-42.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives proposed a new rule earlier this month to make most pistols with stabilizing pistol braces unlawful. The rule will classify a handgun as a short-barreled rifle if it is outfitted with a stabilizing pistol brace, which is a popular accessory, according to the ATF.
According to sources, Parson will sign the law at a shooting range in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit.