Last month, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon vetoed H436, a bill that would nullify all federal gun-control laws and make it a crime for federal officers to enforce those laws within the boundaries of the Show-Me State. Lawmakers are readying a vote to override the veto and will most likely be successful; especially after gun-rights advocates inundated the Missouri Capitol lawn in a last-moment rally for the bill.
Critics call the bill a measure that is both irresponsible and violates the Supremacy Clause in the US Constitution which asserts federal law’s precedence over State laws. According to CNN, the bill would also allow citizens to own machine guns – including high-caliber weapons like the M60 or M2 .50-caliber mounted weapon.
Matt Wills, Director of Communications for the Missouri Republican Party told Opposing Views that he believes the intent of the bill is for automatic weapons and submachine guns not higher-caliber machine guns saying, “I don’t think it goes to that level.” He directed Opposing Views to verify the language of the bill, which in Section 3, paragraph 2, subsection, prevents the federal government from “Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of any type of firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition by law-abiding citizens.” This phrasing clearly leaves the door open for such heavy-ordinance type of weapons.
A handful of Democrats could change their votes – from “yea” to “nay” – and the override would not pass. Yet, their reticence is understandable in light of the Colorado recall election in which two Democratic lawmakers that called for tighter gun restrictions were ousted from their seats. The National Rifle Association and grassroots gun-rights activists who felt that the lawmakers were in the pockets of “anti-gun billionaires” specifically New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who supported both defeated Senators John Morse and Angela Giron.