Some Republican legislators are moving to nullify federal gun laws in Missouri as Democrats prepare to take full control in Washington for the first time since 2009. Sen. Eric Burlison, R-Republic, presented his “Second Amendment Preservation Act” to the Senate General Laws Committee on Tuesday. Committee chairman Sen. Bill Eigel, R-Weldon Spring, said the panel would likely vote to advance the measure the next time it meets. But while Burlison may find support in the GOP-controlled Missouri Senate, House and governor’s mansion, he may also have to contend with opposition from local law enforcement officials, who want to work with federal law enforcement on efforts against violent crime such as Operation LeGend.
During testimony on Tuesday, Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said he was worried that Burlison’s measure could disrupt officials’ ability to cooperate with federal law enforcement and hinder efforts to deter violent criminals. “We have found over the years that we are more likely to get more prison time for our violent criminals in the federal system,” Parrish said.
“With this steep rise in violent crime that we’ve seen,” Parrish said, “the reason that we want to be able to continue to investigate those kinds of crime, and assist with those kinds of crime, is to take the murderers off of the street.” [full article]