Federal agents who are assigned to work in Missouri might soon be requesting to transfer elsewhere.
The state legislature recently adopted a measure nullifying all federal gun laws in the state. As part of the measure, federal agents who would try to enforce such laws would be committing misdemeanors and be subject for arrest. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill, but it could still become law if lawmakers override the veto.
A similar stipulation would make it a crime to publish any identifying information about gun owners. The charge would be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, All Gov reported. Nixon said that specific provision of the bill would damage the tradition of newspapers publishing “photos of proud young Missourians who harvest their first turkey or deer.”
In his veto statement, Nixon said that the federal government’s ability to supersede the authority of the state is “as logically sound as it is legally well established.”
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Rep. Jay Barnes was the only Republican in the Missouri House of Representatives who did not vote for the bill.
“Our Constitution is not some cheap Chinese buffet where we get to pick the parts we like and ignore the rest,” he said. “Two centuries of constitutional jurisprudence shows that this bill is plainly unconstitutional, and I’m not going to violate my oath of office.”
Democratic Rep. Ed Schieffer is undecided about whether he wants to support a veto override.
“I personally believe that any higher court will probably rule this particular gun law unconstitutional on that, I probably agree that the governor’s right,” Schieffer said. “But I may end up still voting for the gun bill, because I don’t want to be on record for not supporting guns.”