A state senate committee in Missouri has voted in favor of a bill that would make it a criminal offense for federal officials to enforce federal regulations of firearms. Under the provision, federal officers could face a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in prison.
A near-identical bill was vetoed last year by the Democratic governor of the state Jay Nixon. The GOP-dominated state senate was just one vote short of enough for an override of that veto. Like the previous bill, this is one of the most extreme pieces of pro-gun legislation under consideration in the country. Not only would it mandate prosecution of those enforcing federal rules on gun-control, but it would also lower the minimum age for a concealed weapons permit from 21 to 19, as well as allowing for the arming of public school personnel.
However even if the bill eventually becomes law, it will no doubt be swiftly struck down as unconstitutional. The Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution is admirably clear on this issue:
[box type=”shadow”]”This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the constitution or laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.”[/box]
Americans Against the Tea Party has reported on similar issues proposed in Republican-dominated states, such as recently in Tennessee. However, in every single one of these cases, the bills have either failed to make it onto the statute book, or have been thrown out after legal challenges.
Not only is this bill dangerous and wildly irresponsible, it is also an unconscionable waste of the taxpayer’s money, and its authors know this.