By: Teresa Mull
Missouri and Montana are taking matters into their own hands and they watch and wait for the federal government to begin its assaults on the Second Amendment.
GPM has been tracking the growing number of states that have put in place safeguards against the Biden administration and its imminent federal gun control, which promises to be extreme. See here, for example, what Shelia Jackson Lee proposes we impose on law-abiding American gun owners. It could hardly get any worse!
Now, Missouri and Montana have joined other states – including Arizona, Iowa, and Texas – to try to prevent terrible gun policies at the federal level from ruining the freedom of its residents.
In Missouri, HB 85, a bill to reject and not enforce any federal gun law that violates the Constitution, has been approved by the House. The bill (which can be read in full here) declares, in part:
All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, regardless of whether they were enacted before or after the provisions of sections 1.410 to 1.485, that infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Section 23 of the Constitution of Missouri shall be invalid to this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall not be enforced by this state.
“We are here to defend those rights against an out-of-control federal government,” said Rep. Jered Taylor. “And that’s exactly what this bill does.”
In Montana, where legislators are debating the merits of Constitutional Carry, Rep. Jedediah Hinkle has introduced a bill to “ban state employees from enforcing or implementing federal bans on firearms, magazines or ammunition, except in certain cases, including those related to fully automatic firearms, violent felons, and domestic violence,” reports the Associate Press.
GPM will continue to track the trend of states standing up for their Second Amendment rights as the battle for liberty continues.
Teresa Mull (firstname.lastname@example.org) is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.