Missouri Completes First Move to Become the Gateway to Federalism for the Second Amendment!

The Tenth Amendment Center has a long report on it. The Missouri state House has passed a historic law for gun rights over against the Federal Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., April 3, 2014 – By a big margin today, the Missouri state House passed an “emergency” bill that seeks to nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books, “whether past, present or future.” House Bill 1439 (HB1439), introduced by Rep. Doug Funderburk (R-St. Charles), passed by a vote of 110-36.

With language inspired by Thomas Jefferson, HB1439 declares that the state rejects the idea of “unlimited submission” to federal power. It also declares that “whenever the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force.”

The law spells out several things that the Federal Government has no right to do (though it makes sure to declare that the list is not exhaustive).

(1) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

(2) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

(3) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

(4) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of a firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and

(5) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.

All levels of state law enforcement as well as the courts are forbidden to have any part in enforcing laws that contradict the second amendment. It seems that Missouri is boycotting the BATFE. If they want to enforce Federal Law they will have to do it without local assistance.

So now it goes on to the Senate. Hopefully I will have good news to report in the near future.