Attorney General Voices Stance Against Gun Bill
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Attorney General Voices Stance Against Gun Bill

Date: September 3, 2013
By: Brendan Cullerton
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB436

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A state lawmaker says the federal government is a child when it comes to gun rights. KMOX's Brendan Cullerton has more on why some state lawmakers want Missouri to have a more active role in gun rights laws.
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Wrap: Attorney General Chris Koster sent a letter to the state legislature stating he opposes a measure Republicans have dubbed the "Gun Rights Preservation Act."

Bill sponsor Republican Doug Funderburk says the bill would allow *Missouri* to defend the gun rights of citizens within the state--instead of forcing them to go to trial against the federal government by themselves.

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Description: "It is our job at the state level to represent the preserving and the protecting of the rights of Missourians."
 
Koster says the bill would make it difficult for state law enforcement to cooperate with federal officials, and that much of the bill is simply unconstitutional.

Reporting from the state Capitol, Brendan Cullerton, newsradio 1120, KMOX.

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Attorney General Chris Koster says a pending bill would cripple state law enforcement. KMOX's Brendan Cullerton has more on why Koster thinks House Bill 436 is wrong for Missouri
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Wrap: Imagine a state police officer putting a federal agent in handcuffs. That sight prompted Attorney General Koster to send a letter to the General Assembly stating why he opposes a bill Republicans dubbed the "Gun Rights Preservation Act".

The bill would declare several federal gun acts unenforceable in Missouri--and make federal enforcement of these acts punishable by a class A misdemeanor.

St. Louis University law professor Anders walker says Missouri *can* choose not to enforce federal laws, but other parts of the bill are unconstitutional.

 

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Description: "What state authorities cannot do is stop and arrest federal agents."

The Attorney General's Office declined to comment.

Reporting from the state Capitol, Brendan Cullerton, newsradio 1120, KMOX.


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