Yael T. Abouhalkah

Shameful Missouri gun bill dies in Senate

Updated: 2013-09-12T02:58:14Z

By Yael T. Abouhalkah

The Kansas City Star

Missouri scored a significant victory Wednesday evening when the Senate failed to come up with enough votes to override Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a pro-gun, anti-police bill.

The vote was 22-12 in favor of the measure, but that wasn’t enough to reach the two-thirds majority needed for an override.

This event became national news later Wednesday when media outlets began reporting on what had happened in Missouri to the “Second Amendment Preservation Act” pushed by gun clingers around the state.

The unconstitutional bill was going to prohibit all federal gun laws from being enforced in Missouri. The law also would have required local law enforcement officers to arrest any federal agent or official who was trying to enforce U.S. gun laws in Missouri.

Furthermore, the law could have been used by criminals to strike back against police or other law enforcement officials who arrested them on gun charges.

How utterly absurd.

And it almost didn’t happen.

Earlier Wednesday, the Missouri House had voted — on the anniversary of Sept. 11 — to spit in the face of law enforcement by endorsing the measure.

The vote on House Bill 436 was primarily spurred by Republicans.

And the House took that action even though Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté and many other law enforcement officials around Missouri had spoken out against the measure.

Nixon as well as Attorney General Chris Koster pointed out the legal problems with the bill. Good for them in trying to do the right thing.

Unfortunately, too many Republicans and just enough Democrats abandoned common sense and kowtowed to the gun lobby in voting for the bill in the House.

Thankfully, that kind of mindset did not prevail in the Senate.

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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