Missouri Senate passes bill to send federal agents to jail for enforcing gun laws

02/20/2014 11:10 AM

02/20/2014 11:10 AM

(AP) – Missouri senators have passed legislation that would send federal agents to jail for enforcing some federal gun laws.

The Senate voted 23-10 on Thursday to send the measure to the House. It would declare any federal law considered by the state to infringe on gun rights to be null and void in Missouri. Federal agents enforcing those laws could face up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Courts have consistently ruled that states cannot nullify federal laws. But supporters argue the measure is necessary to protect law-abiding gun owners from intrusive federal regulations. Opponents say it wouldn’t survive a court challenge.

Earlier this week, the Senate stripped a provision from the legislation requiring gun thefts to be reported within 72 hours.

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