Yael T. Abouhalkah

Missouri’s illegal pro-gun law gets bipartisan love

Updated: 2013-09-03T23:49:10Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

So how intimidating are Missouri’s gun lovers?

Just ask the state legislature’s Republicans and Democrats who say they will vote this month to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of the inane “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”

The measure is intended to tell Washington that Missouri won’t obey any federal gun laws, old or new.

What’s more, if a federal law enforcement officer — you know, one of those pesky FBI or DEA agents — tries to enforce a U.S. law in Missouri, that officer will be arrested.

It’s all pettily absurd and, eventually, such a “nullification” bill will be found unconstitutional by the courts.

But as The Star reported Monday, the lawmakers backing the measure and trying to override the veto are trying to send a message to Washington.

It goes something like this: We’re ignorant here in Missouri and don’t know any better.

Or, at least that’s what The New York Times implied in its editorial last week, decrying the shameful measure in Missouri.

Actually here’s what Republican House Speaker Tim Jones said about the issue:

“Let’s not forget that the states were the original creators of the federal government. Not the other way around. The federal government needs to stop inserting itself into the gun debate.”

Right, Speaker Jones, because the states are doing such a good job of helping to reduce gun deaths in America.

Oh, wait, that’s not the concern of Republicans in Missouri (or, it seems, in other states). They are far more interested in making sure Missouri’s gun lovers are kept happy. That’s why they voted for the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” in the first place.

(On Tuesday morning, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster weighed in and told Jones the bill was “flawed public policy,” especially the part that would prevent Missouri’s law enforcement officers working with the feds to get illegal guns out of circulation.

(And Koster didn’t mince words about his view of the bill. His headline for one part of his letter: “Nullification of federal law is unlawful.”)

But all the Missouri liberals who keep waiting for at least Democrats to come to their senses on the nullification law may be disappointed.

It appears Republicans will have the votes to override Nixon’s veto partly because of people like Democratic Rep. Ed Schieffer.

As quoted in The Associated Press, Schieffer said: “I personally believe that any higher court will probably rule this particular gun law unconstitutional. But I may end up still voting for the gun bill, because I don’t want to be on record for not supporting guns.”

With people who think that way representing Missourians, it’s no wonder a common sense veto issued by Nixon may go out the window sometime this month.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/YaelTAbouhalkah.

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