Politics

Missouri Republicans Plot to Defy Federal Gun Laws

| by Michael Allen

Republican lawmakers in Missouri are hoping to defy federal gun control laws with a tactic called "nullification."

According to the Associated Press, Missouri Republicans want to criminalize the enforcement of federal gun laws.

However, federal laws always trump state laws per the Supremacy Clause in the US Constitution, which has been upheld by the US Supreme Court numerous times.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed a GOP nullification bill last year.

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Republicans now have a new bill, which delays the effective date until January 2017, so that other pro-gun states can pass similar laws.

Missouri Republicans hope that bringing other pro-gun states along will somehow override the Supremacy Clause in the US Constitution.

"We continue to see the federal government overreach their rightful bounds, and if we can create a situation where we have some unity among states, then I think it puts us in a better position to make that argument," said Republican Sen. Brian Nieves.

"This can't be just a Missouri effort. There has to be a groundswell of support by the people, by other states as well, in order for us ultimately to be successful," added Missouri Republican Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey.

However, the effort is being called futile by Democrats.

"The state will never trump federal laws," said Missouri Sen. Jamilah Nasheed (D). "It is again another right wing Republican attempt to go Second Amendment crazy."

In Florida, the pro-gun group Florida Carry has filed a lawsuit against the University of Florida for banning guns on school property, reports BizPacReview.com.

Florida Carry won a lawsuit against the University of North Florida last year when a state court ruled that a public university cannot ban guns on property owned by the state.

The University of South Florida, Florida State and the University of North Florida all changed their rules to allow guns on campus, but the University of Florida did not.

Sources: Wikipedia, Associated Press, BizPacReview.com