Poll: Right to Farm-“Too Close to Call”
August 4, 2014

An independent poll released in the final days of the Missouri primary indicates the proposed ‘Right to Farm ’ amendment (Amendment #1) could end up being a tight race on Tuesday night.
““Amendment 1 is going to be determined by turnout and could go either way,” according to Titus Bond of the Remington Research group, the firm that conducted the poll.
The survey of 1,115 likely primary voters taken last week shows 48% of the survey supporting Amendment #1 1, 40% opposed and 12% heading into the last days of the campaign.
Bond thinks voter turn-out will be a key factor in determining who wins the race. Overall, turn-out is expected to be light across the state of Missouri.
Another proposed constitutional amendment is a close race is Amendment #8. That would create a special lottery ticket with the proceeds dedicated to funding Missouri’s veteran services. The state runs seven veterans homes. There is a waiting list of 1,900 persons for beds in those locations.
According to the poll, the veterans lottery ticket plan is in trouble. 46% of the survey oppose it; 41% support it and 13% are undecided.
Two other proposed constitutional amendments are appear poised for big victories.
Amendment #5, which would make the right to bear arms in Missouri an inalienable” right, has almost 2-to-1 lead.
60% of the survey supports it, 31% oppose it and 9% remain undecided.
Amendment #9, which extends privacy rights to electronic communication, is also in good shape.
67% support Amendment #9; 20% oppose it and 14% are undecided.
Remington says it did not poll on Amendment #7, the transportation sales tax question, “due to a conflict of interest”, according to a statement from the firm.

Kobach Says New ‘Made in Kansas’ Gun Law Could Draw Other Gun Makers
May 19, 2014

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he hopes the new company he’s investing in helps draw more gun manufacturing to Kansas.

“This will be the first company in Kansas that would manufacture the entire rifle,” Kobach said.

Kansas Secretary there are two other firms in the state that are in other parts of the gun manufacturing or supply business.

Kobach’s minority ownership element is drawing some attention.

That’s because Kobach pushed for 2013 law that could help the new business down the road.

‘The Kansas Second Amendment Protection Act’ says weapons made in Kansas and that stay in Kansas would be exempt from some federal gun regulations.

Kobach says the federal right to regulate firearms is based in the authority to regulate interstate commerce.

The Second Amendment Protection Act, says Kobach, reinforces existing law, in the event Congress passes tighter restrictions on guns or bullets.

“So absolutely, the state of Kansas is drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘look, there are some aspects of firearms manufacturing and regulation can’t touch”.

The majority owner of the new company, ‘Minuteman Defense LCC’, is Scott Shane, a friend and political supporter of the Secretary of State.

Shane says they hope to develop an improved version of the M-16 rifle and sell it to Kansas law enforcement agencies.

Shane says the gun manufacture plant is expected to be located in Johnson County. He has a brass fittings plant in Overland Park.

Shane says he may try to get a patent for some of the weapon’s elements.

He also says it will require several months to test and prepare the weapon for sale.

The weapon will not be available to the public. Kobach and Shane says they hope to sell to gun dealers who may offer the weapon for sale to Kansas law enforcement

Missouri Gun Bill Limiting Feds Enforcement Role Advances
May 1, 2014

(AP) – Missouri Republicans moved a step closer in their attempt to nullify some federal gun laws Wednesday when the Senate passed legislation that would bar federal workers from some state careers for enforcing such policies.

The Senate voted 23-8 to send the bill back to the House, where it passed earlier. The House can either accept the Senate’s changes or negotiate a compromise version.

Senators voted for the bill along party lines with Republicans in support and Democrats in opposition. It would declare “null and void” any past, present or future federal law deemed to be an infringement on gun rights for law-abiding citizens.

Federal agents who knowingly enforce those laws could face civil penalties stemming from lawsuits filed by Missouri residents who think their gun rights were infringed. Those workers would also be banned from future careers in state or local enforcement.

“We want to cause a reason for law enforcement to have a healthy pause before they might infringe on the Second Amendment rights of Missouri citizens,” said Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington.

One of the major differences between the House and Senate is the punishment for federal workers who enforce certain gun laws. The House version would only allow agents to be sued and would not subject them to the employment ban included in the Senate bill.

Missouri Senate Approves Federal Gun Nullification Bill Again
February 21, 2014

Post Dispatch:
JEFFERSON CITY • The Missouri Senate on Thursday passed a bill on federal gun law nullification.

The federal gun law nullification bill, sponsored by Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, passed on a vote of 23 to 10.

The bill would declare all federal gun laws null and void, and law enforcement agents enforcing those bills would be subject to up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.

An amendment added to the bill last week, which would require individuals to report a gun theft within 72 hours, sparked criticism from the National Rifle Association.

Prior to that, the NRA had remained silent on the issue.

On Monday, Senate members stripped the amendment from the bill.

A similar gun measure passed the Legislature last year and was vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon

Brownback Answers Holder’s Gun Rights Letter
May 3, 2013

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback is citing the Us Constitution and the Kansas Bill of Rights in responding to US attorney General Eric Holder’s letter to him.
Thursday, Holder warned Brownback the state’s new law, protecting the Second Amendment, is unconstitutional.
Holder warned the Department of Justice might take the state to court.
Brownback fired back Friday.
He says the US Constitution’s ninth amendment and tenth amendment, plus the state’s own Bill of Rights protects the new law.
The fourth item In the Kansas Bill of Rights states, “A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose;”.
The ninth and tenth federal amendments reserve certain rights to states.
Brownback wrote Holder, “The people of Kansas are likewise committed to defending the sovereignty”, of the state.
The Governor also noted that the Second Amendment Protection Bill was passed easily by both chambers of the legislature and that some Democratic leaders voted for it.
“This is not a partisan issue in Kansas,” Brownback wrote.