Missouri House Removes Gun Grab Nullification Bill’s Criminal Penalties

By:  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.
04/04/2014
       
Missouri House Removes Gun Grab Nullification Bill’s Criminal Penalties

The Missouri House of Representatives removed a criminal penalties provision from a Second Amendment protection bill.

A Second Amendment protection bill working its way through the Missouri state legislature has been stripped of a provision that would have subjected federal agents carrying out the Obama administration’s gun grab to criminal prosecution.

The version of the bill already passed by the state senate included criminal penalties of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine for anyone, including agents of the federal government, who attempted to violate the right of Missourians to keep and bear arms. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that State Representative Doug Funderburk “offered the amendment at the request of law enforcement groups.”

Funderburk, the sponsor of the bill, said in a statement to local media that the bill retained the authority of the individual to sue law-enforcement officials for violating the protections afforded by SB 613, the Second Amendment Preservation Act.

The majority Republican state House of Representatives voted 112-37 to remove the criminal penalties provision.

These penalties were a part of the bill as introduced in the state senate by state Senator Brian Nieves.

As The New American has reported, on February 20, by a vote of 20-3, senators in the Show Me state lived up to the role the Founders intended them to play by shielding citizens of Missouri from suffering federal overreach and abrogation of the rights guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

Nieves said that if enacted, his legislation would preserve the protections of the Second Amendment in his state. “This is primarily purposed to protect liberties of Missourians,” he said.

Described by one observer as perhaps “the strongest defense against federal encroachments on the right to keep and bear arms ever considered at the state level,” SB 613 reads in part:

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 Constitution and Article I, 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.

This bill is the Missouri legislature’s second attempt to nullify federal laws and regulations aimed at curtailing the right of Americans to own firearms. This latest effort seems likely to face the same fate as the previous one — veto by the governor, Jay Nixon. The Associated Press reports:

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