The Missouri legislature seems poised next month to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a gun bill making it a crime to try to enforce federal gun laws in the state.
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Most Republicans lawmakers and about a dozen Democrats are expected to vote to override Nixon's July veto of the bill, although many experts expect the courts to strike down the measure, the St. Louis Business Journal
reported. The proposed law would nullify all federal gun laws in the state, making it a crime for federal agents to enforce them in Missouri.
Matt Willis, Missouri Republican Party director of communications, said the measure is "probably one of the best states' rights issues that the country's got going right now."
When he vetoed the bill in July, Nixon told The Associated Press
that the legislation violated the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives preference to federal laws over conflicting state ones. He said it also infringed on the First Amendment rights of free speech and press.
The Missouri legislation is another example of a national trend where states are attempting to nullify federal laws, according to the AP. About four-fifths of the states have enacted some sort of local or state law that directly reject or ignore federal laws on gun control, marijuana use, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver's licenses.
The state legislators' action on guns comes at a time where President Barack Obama is using executive orders to get around Congress to address gun control concerns.
The AP reported Thursday
that the Obama administration announced new steps that would curb the import of military surplus weapons and propose closing a little-known loophole that lets felons and others circumvent background checks by registering guns to corporations.
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Obama had previously signed 23 executive orders in connection with gun violence, according to the AP.
One new policy will end a government practice that lets military weapons, sold or donated by the U.S. to allies, be reimported into the U.S. by private entities.
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