Missouri Senate approves federal gun nullification measure
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Missouri Senate approves federal gun nullification measure

Date: April 30, 2014
By: Shannon O'Brien
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 1439

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The Missouri Senate once again voted to declare void and null federal gun laws.
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Wrap: The Senate vote came just a couple of days after mayors from the state's two largest cities said the legislation would hamper police work against violent criminals.

The Senate's Democratic leader Jolie Justus agreed.

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Description: “There is no reason to interfere with the federal government and their ability to crack down on crime in our cities. It’s not necessary.”

On the other side...Senator Brian Nieves said neither of the two Mayors reached out to him in attempt to discuss their concerns on the measure.

The bill moves back to the House and both chambers must agree on one version of the bill by mid-May.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Shannon O'Brien.

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Federal agents would be sued and banned forever from state or local law enforcement jobs for enforcing federal gun laws under a measure the Missouri Senate passed Wednesday night.
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Wrap: The Senate provision also contains a punishment that would ban federal officials for life if they enforce the laws.

Just earlier in the week mayors from Kansas City and St. Louis expressed their concerns for the measure and how it would affect the cooperation of state and federal agencies.

But, Senator Brian Nieves dismisses their concerns.

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Description: “I think it’s worth mentioning everywhere that these mayors are so concerned about this law, but they weren’t concerned enough to go speak to the House sponsor nor the Senate handler.”

The measure now moves back to the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Shannon O'Brien.

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Federal officials could be sued and banned forever from state or local jobs under a measure approved by the Senate Wednesday.
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Wrap: The measure would state null and void some federal gun laws and provide punishments for federal agents who enforce those laws.

Senator Kiki Curls expresses concerns that many other opponents of the measure have also voiced.

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Description: "When we have laws such as these or legislation that, you know, that potentially prevent federal law enforcement, of course, from working with our local officials to be able to combat gang violence and other types of violence."

Those in favor said they want to protect gun rights of Missourians.

The bill now goes back to the House.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Shannon O'Brien.


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