Missouri to nullify federal firearm laws while Obama offers new gun control measures

Published time: August 29, 2013 21:49

Gun enthusiasts look at various firearms on the floor at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri. (AFP Photo / Karen Bleier)

As the White House rolls out new plans meant to curb violent gun crime in America, residents in the state of Missouri may soon be able to bypass federal firearm laws.

United States Vice President Joe Biden announced additional steps
on Thursday that the Obama administration will move forward with
as part of a gun-control initiative ramped-up following last
year’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.
At the same time, however, the Republican-controlled state
legislature in Missouri is on the verge of defying both the
governor and the US Constitution by pushing forward a bill that
will prohibit local authorities from enacting federal gun laws.

Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri (AFP Photo / Alex Wong)

Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed Republican-authored
legislation last month that would make it a misdemeanor for the
feds to attempt to enforce any federal gun regulations that
infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.”
Despite shutting down the bill, however, lawmakers are expected
to override his veto in the coming days and let the measure go on
the books.

If passed, the law will also force journalists who publish
identifying information about gun owners to pay a $1,000 fine and
spend a year in jail. Gov. Nixon said it could start a precedent
that would erode some First Amendment rights for the media if his
veto is rejected.

In a letter to the New York Times, Nixon said the bill would make
it a crime for a local newspaper to publish “photos of proud
young Missourians who harvest their first turkey or deer
According to some estimates, however, local lawmakers will likely
make it impossible for the law to be vetoed anytime soon.

When the bill was originally passed in the State House, 108 of
the 109 Republicans voted in favor of it, as did 11 Democrats. In
the Senate, the Times reported, two-dozen Republicans and 2
Democrats signed on in support. In order for the veto to be
rejected, the legislature will need 109 votes from the House and
23 from the Senate.

State Representative T. J. McKenna (D-Festus) told the Times he
voted for the bill even though he doesn’t favor it because the
repercussions could have been dastardly.

If you just Google my name, it’s all over the place about
what a big coward I am
,” he told the paper. “I can’t be
Mr. Liberal, St. Louis wannabe
,” he said. “What am I
supposed to do? Just go against all my constituents

Speaking to Fox News, McKenna added that the bill would violate
constitutional law and will likely be thrown out, even if the
veto override receives enough votes.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is hoping he can advance
reformed gun rules on a federal level that, if the Missouri
legislature has its way, will be null and void in The Show-Me
State–until, of course, a court intervenes and opines otherwise.

Months after the White House announced plans to reform laws in
the wake of the Newtown shooting, Biden on Thursday said the
administration is looking to tackle firearm crime by launching
two new front lines in their war against guns. The vice president
proposed a White House plan to stop letting military weapons be
re-sold to people in the US or allied countries, as well as
another that would close down a loophole that currently lets
Americans who are ineligible to own a firearm bypass restrictions
by registering weapons in the name of a corporation or trust.

It’s simple, it’s straightforward, it’s common sense,”
Biden said.

Republished from: RT