The Missouri House of Representatives passed a nullification bill April 28 prohibiting the enforcement of federal gun grabs within the sovereign borders of the Show Me State.
A nearly identical companion bill is currently working its way through the state Senate. It's sponsored by reliable friend of the Constitution, state Senator Brian Nieves.
HB 436, which is sponsored by State Representative Doug Funderburk, was approved by the entire House fewer than 24 hours after passing the first round of approval by the same body. “I think this bill removes the noose the federal government has been gradually putting around the necks of its citizens and pulling it tighter, and tighter, and tighter,” Funderburk said immediately before his bill was voted on by his colleagues.
While their elected representatives debated the matter inside the House chamber, 300 Missourians gathered inside the rotunda of the state capitol building to demonstrate support for the measure.
During the deliberations, a handful of pro-Second Amendment representatives ducked out of the chamber to speak to the crowd. “I was part of the Republican majority that gave Missourians the right to carry-conceal by overriding Governor [Bob] Holden’s veto," Senate President Pro-tem Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles) informed the throng. “I'm part of the Republican majority that’s gonna protect that right from federal overreach and an apathetic [Governor Jay] Nixon administration.”
The bill, in very plain terms, does just that: It informs Washington that Missouri will not surrender her sovereign right to reject unconstitutional federal acts and will guard her citizens' right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment. Quoting the fathers of nullification — Thomas Jefferson (Kentucky Resolution) and James Madison (The Federalist, No. 45) — Section 2 of the bill ably and accurately lays out the legal and constitutional case supporting Missouri’s position:
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Photo: Missouri State Capitol Building