Missouri Gun Owners to Gather Sept. 11 at "Override the Veto Rally"

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
09/10/2013
       
Missouri Gun Owners to Gather Sept. 11 at "Override the Veto Rally"

Gun owners and other advocates of the right to keep and bear arms are being summoned to a demonstration to be held September 11 on the steps of the Missouri state capitol in Jefferson City. The gathering is described as a “veto override rally” aimed at encouraging Missouri state legislators to support the state’s Second Amendment Preservation Act.

In a press release, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms announced that the pro-Second Amendment event would begin at 9:00 a.m.

“It is important in our democracy that the voices of law-abiding firearms owners be heard, especially on Wednesday in Jefferson City,” said Committee Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. “We encourage all those who are able to attend to save time for a visit to the offices of their state senators and representatives.”

The New American has been out front in covering the gun rights protecting bill, a bill approved by both houses of the Missouri state legislature.

On July 5, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the measure, despite its having been passed overwhelmingly by that body.

With the issuing of a terse, constitutionally confused letter, Nixon notified the secretary of state of Missouri that he refused his assent to HB 436 and why he made that decision. HB 436 was entitled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” and would have denied to the federal government the authority to enact any statutes, rules, regulations, or executive orders “which restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition exclusively within the borders of Missouri.”

Governor Nixon’s veto seems to be a message to the federal government that it is free to impose its unconstitutional control of the God-given right to keep and bear arms within the formerly sovereign borders of the Show Me State.

Now, the true test of the state legislature’s commitment to the principles set forth in HB 436 will be whether it can muster the will to exercise another article of the state constitution: Article III, Section 32.

That provision of the state constitution provides that if two-thirds of both houses of the general assembly vote to pass the bill, “the objections of the governor thereto notwithstanding,” then the bill becomes law, regardless of the veto.

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