President Joe Biden has made it clear that he intends to implement new gun control restrictions through whatever means feasible.
Meanwhile, Missouri has now joined a growing number of states taking a pre-emptive stance against that anti-gun agenda.
“It’s time to get this thing signed”
As detailed in a bill recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, state law enforcement officers will be banned from enforcing federal gun laws.
The new legislation could impose a $50,000 fine for each time an officer violates a Missourian’s Second Amendment rights.
“It is our time to protect the Second Amendment,” Parson said. “This is exactly what this bill does, and it’s time to get this thing signed and get it into law.”
Missouri’s effort is the latest example of GOP lawmakers anticipating gun control from Washington and seeking to nullify such laws before they can be enforced. Supporters of the state’s endeavor call it a “line in the sand” and a big step toward protecting gun rights.
Despite the fact that many on the left have advanced their own push to “defund the police,” state Democrats say that is precisely what Republicans are doing with the new law.
“Radical, dangerous and obviously unconstitutional”
“House Bill 85 is a radical, dangerous and obviously unconstitutional attempt to declare that Missouri will refuse to follow federal gun laws,” declared state House Minority Leader Crystal Quade, a Democrat. “It quite literally defunds the police and gives that taxpayer money to convicted criminals.”
The lawmaker went on to assert that it “is long past time for Republicans in Jefferson City to stop the political grandstanding, take their jobs as leaders seriously and pass real solutions to crime in our state.”
Although much of the media’s attention has been on Biden agenda items like infrastructure and voting rights legislation, the president has made his intentions clear in regard to gun control.
Earlier this year, he declared that the Second Amendment is not “absolute” and called on Congress to impose limitations on the right to bear arms. So far, he has failed to build the momentum necessary to substantially advance his effort — but he has used executive orders to address “loopholes” in the law pertaining to federal background checks and unregistered “ghost guns” made from kits.
“We must drive out hate and inequities that contribute to the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women — especially transgender women of color,” he said.