With 20 minutes left on the last day of the state’s annual legislative session, two Democratic state senators effectively “filibustered” a bill passed just half an hour earlier by the state House that would have repaired constitutional barriers around the right to keep and bear arms. As reported by missouri.net:
Senators Jolie Justus of Kansas City and Paul Levota of Independence led the brief debate that ran out the clock.
Justus noted during the debate that, “We know that Missouri is not filled with extremists. Missouri is filled with folks (who) are worried about things like making sure they get food on their table and getting their kids to a school where they can get a quality education.
And these continual sort of news-making type things with the nullification and this and that, it’s just not where we are as a state.”
Levota says the nullification bills “just go too far.”
Constitutionalists may argue that there is no such thing as going “too far” in the fight to fend off the radical forces of civilian disarmament currently in charge of the White House.
Nonetheless, infighting among Republicans scuttled the bill and it cannot come up again until next year. This is especially bad news considering the fact that the same hope was held out after the legislature’s failure last year to override the governor’s veto of similar pro-Second Amendment legislation.
In the end, though, it was the watering down of the bill’s penalty provisions that contributed to its defeat. As The New American reported last week:
State representative Doug Funderburk, the sponsor on the House side, informed his colleagues in the Senate that he deleted from the House-approved version of the bill a provision that would have prevented any state law enforcement officer who participated in the federal gun grab from working as a law enforcement officer in Missouri ever 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,” Funderburk explained.
That change proved fatal.
State senator Brian Nieves, the bill’s primary sponsor in the Senate, wanted that provision put back in or he threatened not to bring the compromise measure to the senate floor. In fact, he was so opposed to the revision that he refused to sign off on the compromise language when presented to the compromise committee on which he sat.
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