(USA Features) Missouri’s Republican Gov. Mike Parson on Saturday made his state the latest to push back against future Bide administration gun control, signing legislation that would ban enforcement of new federal firearms actions thought to be unconstitutional.
“The new law allows state gun laws to surpass federal gun laws and holds police departments liable if an officer violates someone’s second amendment rights,” FOX 4 reported. “If someone’s Second Amendment right is violated, local law enforcement could pay $50,000.”
A former sheriff and state legislator who helped craft Missouri’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Parson said the new measure “draws a line in the sand and demonstrates our commitment to reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property.”
“Missouri’s HB 85 puts those in Washington D.C. on notice that here in our state we support responsible, law-abiding gun owners, and that we oppose government overreach and any unlawful efforts to limit our access to firearms,” Parson added.
The Show-Me State’s new law comes as the Biden administration calls for tighter gun controls and bans on certain classes of firearms including so-called “assault weapons” — military look-alike guns that fire in semi-automatic mode but are generally not of the same durable quality as their military counterparts.
Also, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives has just published a new rule that would require regulation of stabilizing braces, devices attached to higher-caliber pistols to make them more like rifles.
Critics say the rule would empower the ATF to ban the devices, of which between 20-40 million are in use and would turn owners into instant criminals.
Missouri’s new statutes says “laws, rules, orders, or other actions that collect data, restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition exclusively within this state exceed the powers granted to the federal government except to the extent they are necessary and proper for governing and regulating land and naval forces of the United States or for organizing, arming, and disciplining militia forces actively employed in the service of the United States Armed Forces.”
It adds: “Infringing actions would include any registration or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition or any registration or tracking of the ownership of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition.”
The Missouri law further “declares that all federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, that infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution must be invalid in this state, including those that impose a tax, levy, fee, or stamp on these items as specified in the bill.”
Other federal measures declared invalid are those that “require the registration or tracking of these items or their owners; prohibit the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a firearm; or order the confiscation of these items,” says the new state law.