Monday, December 02, 2013

MO:Legislators Aim for Gun Bill to Check Federal Power

It is clear that Missouri is attempting to use the Constitution as it was designed, as a system where several government entitites serve as checks and balance agains each other to protect the people from excesses of government power.

But State Reps. Paul Curtman, R-Pacific, Dave Hinson, R-St. Clair, and Dave Schatz, R-Sullivan, said they still support stopping federal intrusion into Missourians’ Second Amendment rights.

State Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, has also been a vocal supporter of the bill but could not be reached for comment.
The original bill sought to charge U.S. agents with misdemeanors if they enforced certain federal gun laws that were deemed unconstitutional. The new bill may remove that language and replace it with something more general.Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the original bill, citing doubts over its constitutionality. The Legislature fell just short of the votes needed to override that veto in September.
The next legislative session starts Jan. 8.
“It’s back to the drawing board,” Curtman said.
The new draft bill would also allow school districts to appoint teachers or administrators as school protection officers who could carry concealed guns in schools.

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