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Missouri Judge Blocks Attempt To Stop Second Amendment Preservation Act

St. Louis, MO – An attempt to shoot down the Second Amendment Preservation Act in St. Louis County, Jackson County, and the City of St. Louis was blocked by a Cole County judge last week.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed off on House Bill 85, known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, outside the Frontier Justice Gun shop and gun range in June, KRDO reported.

“Throughout my law enforcement career and now as Governor of the state of Missouri, I have and always will stand for the Constitution and our Second Amendment rights,” Parson said at the time, according to KY3.

“This legislation today draws a line in the sand and demonstrates our commitment to reject any attempt by the federal government to circumvent the fundamental right Missourians have to keep and bear arms to protect themselves and their property,” he declared.

“It is our time to protect the Second Amendment,” Parson added, according to KRDO. “This is exactly what this bill does and it’s time to get this thing signed and get it made into law.”

Under the new law, state and local law enforcement officers in Missouri are prohibited from cooperating with federal officials if they are trying to enforce any orders, rules, laws, or actions that violate citizens’ rights under the Second Amendment.

Any agency or officer who knowingly enforces or assists in enforcing laws that deprive Missourians of their Second Amendment rights could be subject to a $50,000 lawsuit, KRDO reported.

“We are making sure that whatever President [Joe] Biden does by executive order, we are not going to enforce,” said Missouri Senator Eric Burlison (R-Greene and Christian Counties), who co-sponsored the bill. “In essence, by signing this bill today, we are telling President Biden to go pound sand.”

St. Louis County, Jackson County, and the City of St. Louis filed a lawsuit seeking a preliminary injunction, but a Cole County judge rejected that request on Aug. 27, KSN reported.

The law went into full effect on Saturday.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt praised the judge’s ruling in a Twitter post.

“Breaking: Another huge win. A Missouri judge just ruled in our favor. This time we won defending a new Missouri law protecting our #SecondAmendment rights,” Schmitt wrote.

Missouri law enforcement agencies started quietly removing their officers from federal gun crime investigations after the bill was signed into law.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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