Missouri Now Refuses to Enforce Certain Federal Gun Laws
Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson signed into law over the weekend the Second Amendment Preservation Act.
The law (Missouri House Bill 85) defines various federal laws that Missouri considers an inherent violation of its citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment:
(1) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services and that might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law abiding citizens;
(2) Any registration or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition;
(3) Any registration or tracking of the ownership of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition;
(4) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and
(5) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.
Such laws, the new Missouri law insists, “shall be invalid to this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall not be enforced by this state….No entity or person, including any public officer or employee of this state or any political subdivision of this state, shall have the authority to enforce or attempt to enforce any federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, rules, regulations,statutes, or ordinances infringing on the right to keep and bear arms.”
Any “political subdivision or law enforcement agency that employs a law enforcement officer” who violates Missouri citizen’s rights by enforcing laws like those listed above “shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law, [or] suit in equity…and subject to a civil penalty of fifty thousand dollars per occurrence. Any person injured under this section shall have standing to pursue an action for injunctive relief….”
Sovereign immunity, the law states, shall not apply. Hiring someone later on who had previously committed such ri
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