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Utah-style gun law shot down in Missouri. Maybe.

Published August 6, 2013 2:37 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Remember HB114? That was the bill, sponsored by Rep. Brian Greene, that would have set aside federal gun laws in Utah in favor of our own regulations. Or conspicuous lack thereof. It passed the House, died in the Senate, and may come back again next year.

The Missouri Legislature passed a similar bill. Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed it and Show Me lawmakers are pondering whether they should override.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a few things to say about that:

Note to Missouri lawmakers: The constitution is not a Chinese buffet — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial

T.J. McKenna should re-read his oath of office.Mr. McKenna is a Democrat state representative from Festus who last week told Associated Press reporter David Lieb that he was prepared to cast a vote in September that he knew would violate the U.S. Constitution.Last session, Mr. McKenna was one of 11 House Democrats and two Senate Democrats to join nearly the entire Republican delegation of the Missouri Legislature in passing House Bill 436, which seeks to nullify every federal gun law ever passed or that ever will be passed. The law would make criminals of federal agents who tried to enforce federal laws. It would legalize fully automatic machine guns in Missouri.Besides being dangerous, stupid and frivolous, it is plainly unconstitutional, violating both the First Amendment and the Supremacy Clause, which gives priority to federal laws when they are in conflict with state laws.That's why Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill. It's why even if the Legislature overrides his veto in September it will never actually become law. The courts will toss it in a New York minute, but only after the state wastes a lot of time and taxpayer dollars preparing to defend it.Mr. McKenna knows this. Here's what he told Mr. Lieb:"We love our guns and we love hunting. It's not worth the fight for me to vote against it. … The bill is completely unconstitutional, so the courts are going to have to throw it out." ...