(TargetLiberty.org) – When Joe Biden was running for office, he made it clear that one of his priorities as president would be to increase gun control in this country. Since becoming president, he’s repeated those claims. In fact, on June 12, the fifth anniversary of the Orlando, Florida massacre that took place at Pulse nightclub and left 49 people dead, the commander-in-chief called for gun control again. One governor is now trying to protect the Second Amendment.
On Saturday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson (R) signed the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The law will prevent law enforcement in the state from carrying out federal gun laws. If a police agency knowingly enforces a federal gun law, it can be sued and fined up to $50,000 for each officer who violates the law. In a statement about the new law, Parson said he’ll always “stand for the Constitution and our Second Amendment.”
Missouri’s HB 85 puts those in Washington D.C. on notice that here in our state we support responsible, law-abiding gun owners, and that we oppose government overreach and any unlawful efforts to limit our access to firearms. #2ndAmendment pic.twitter.com/T4qLJ8lKJR
— Governor Mike Parson (@GovParsonMO) June 12, 2021
Although the law is a great effort by the governor to protect residents of the state, it’s unclear whether it would stand up to a legal challenge. Under Article VI, section 2 of the Constitution, the Supremacy Clause states that federal law and the Constitution supersede state law. While the state could argue that federal gun laws violate the Second Amendment, it could be a hard battle to win as the Supreme Court has ruled the federal government can regulate guns.
However, it’s important to keep in mind the high court now has a 6-3 conservative majority, so there’s no telling what the justices might do if a challenge to the Missouri law comes before them.
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