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MO Gov. Parson signs bill nullifying federal gun laws in the state

Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri (Jacob Moscovitch/Getty Images/TNS)
June 14, 2021

On Monday, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson signed into law House Bill 85, allowing state gun laws to overrule federal gun laws and making law enforcement liable if an officer violates an Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

“HB 85 puts those in Washington D.C. on notice that here in Missouri we support responsible, law-abiding gun owners, and that we oppose government overreach and any unlawful efforts to limit our access to firearms,” Gov. Parson said in a statement.

Under the new law, law enforcement agencies who knowingly enforce federal gun laws in Missouri could face litigation and be fined up to $50,000 per violating officer.

“Throughout my law enforcement career and now as Governor of the state of Missouri, I have and always will stand for the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights,” Parson continued. “This legislation today draws a line in the sand and demonstrates our commitment to reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property.”

The states House Minority Leader Crystal Quade (D-Springfield) slammed the legislation in a statement Friday.

“House Bill 85 is a radical, dangerous and obviously unconstitutional attempt to declare that Missouri will refuse to follow federal gun laws. When people are looking for real solutions on crime, policing and public safety, Governor Parson and the Republican legislature have instead chosen to preserve Missouri’s growing reputation for extremist and dangerous laws,” Quade wrote. “The new law even allows criminals who violate federal gun law to sue our local law enforcement officers for a minimum $50,000 fine if they in any way assist with federal investigations.”

“It quite literally defunds the police and gives that taxpayer money to convicted criminals,” her statement continued. “It is long past time for Republicans in Jefferson City to stop the political grandstanding, take their jobs as leaders seriously and pass real solutions to crime in our state.”

Earlier this year, Missouri state senators also discussed legislation that would allow the creation of Missouri Minutemen, a group of legal gun owners who could be called to action by the governor.

S.B. 258 would establish “that there shall be the minutemen of the state which shall be called into service by the governor for use in defense during a state of emergency with consent of two-thirds of the General Assembly.”

According to the legislation, any legal Missouri resident who is legally able to own a firearm will be allowed to voluntarily join the minutemen through the Department of Public Safety.