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.

James Says He’ll “Howl at the Wall” in Press for Tougher Missouri Gun Laws
July 17, 2013

Kansas City Mayor Sly James may not get any help from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon on his bid to control gun violence.
The differences were on display as both men were at the ribbon cutting ceremony opening a new Kansas City business.
James has been pushing plans to allow Kansas City and St. Louis to toughen its gun laws to tackle urban violence.
“I’ve got a Legislature that passed a bill against federal gun laws”, Nixon told reporters in Kansa City Tuesday as he described the state’s political climate.
Nixon says different laws for the state’s big cities won’t work.
“I do think it becomes difficult to have consistency when you have a patchwork of laws. But I’m willing to listen to ideas to make our streets safer,” Nixon said.
Kansas City Mayor James was just a few steps from Nixon when the Governor said that.
James says he feels like he is on the outside of a mountain pleading his case.
“Sometimes you just have to howl at the wall just to make people hear you,” said the Mayor.
“And the current political climate shouldn’t stop me from saying what I believe. “