A couple months ago, we told you about the Missouri legislature passing a federal gun control nullification bill. They’re calling it the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The Associated Press summarized the contents of the bill:
“The legislation would make it a misdemeanor for federal agents to attempt to enforce any federal gun regulations that ‘infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.’ The same criminal charges would apply to journalists who publish any identifying information about gun owners. The charge would be punishable by up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.”
It passed the house and the senate with a veto-proof majority. So, in the event that Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoes the measure, the same representatives who initially backed the proposal would be enough to override the Governor’s veto and make the provision state law.
Well, that time has come. The Governor has vetoed the measure, stating that it violates the Supremacy Clause and also 1st Amendment rights of the press. The stipulation of the law that makes it a crime to publish any identifying information about gun-owners was probably inspired by the Journal-News in New York that published a map of known gun-owners that caused an outrage in the 2nd Amendment community. In defense, proponents of the “gun map” said that they had 1st Amendment rights to publish whatever they wanted to. Governor Nixon apparently sides with the “gun map” people.
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