Let’s get right to it: if you don’t live in Missouri, your freedoms are in grave danger. While the continued Obama-ization of this country threatens to take away our God-given rights to guns, the Show Me State is taking matters into their own hands.
For the second year in a row, their legislature is working on a law to override federal firearm legislation. Last year, Democratic Governor Jay Nixon vetoed the bill that would have made Missouri the last bastion of freedom in America, and Republicans came up just short of the votes needed to overturn that veto. Now they’re trying again with a slightly scaled down bill they believe will be more accepted.
There are lots of cars on this freedom train, so let’s hop on and ride the rails to Independence.
One provision would allow certain school officials to carry concealed weapons on school grounds and in buildings. While this is a controversial idea, it has been argued about repeatedly already nationally. I’m not here to rehash anything. Let’s keep going.
Another part of the bill would lower the age necessary to get a concealed weapons permit, from 21 to 19. Some knee-jerk reactionary types might rush to say that’s a bad idea because teenagers are stupid. But 18 year olds can be sent to war, so they should be able to have additional privileges. As a bonus, 19 year olds can’t drink yet, so there isn’t the risk they’ll get drunk and do something dumb. Thankfully, then, Senator Robert Nieves, who sponsored this provision of the bill, was not about to let anyone paint 19 year olds with a broad brush, or say they don’t deserve concealed weapons because they’re stupid.
“We all know that teenagers are stupid. We are not arguing whether teenagers are stupid. We are debating whether putting a gun in their hands makes them go out and kill people.”
See? There’s no risk at all. The legislature knows what it’s doing.
Perhaps the most controversial part of the bill is its attempt to nullify federal law. It partly seeks to put laws into place that contradict federal laws, though the lawmakers point out that’s nothing new, and sometimes helps usher in change. The most recent example would be the states that decriminalized marijuana when it was still ruled illegal from federal laws, but Washington decreed it would not enforce those laws.
This bill, however, shows what American go-getters can do when they’re not stoned slackers. Missouri would also give themselves the right to prosecute federal agents who try to enforce federal laws they say are “infringements on the right to keep and bear arms.” Those agents doing their job who are convicted could face a $1,000 fine and a year in prison.
There is one more piece of the bill to point out. Should this become law, people with concealed permits would be able to carry guns openly–even in municipalities that prohibit open carry.
You have to admire that chutzpah. The state of Missouri would be saying they have authority over the national government, because more localized state law trumps federal law, but also they have authority over local government, because the larger state trumps the smaller city. At the same time!
Now, some naysayers are coming out and saying these laws are a bad idea, or they would be illegal to enforce, or that there are more important things to focus on. But the bill passed the state senate general laws committee by a 5-1 vote, and now it goes to the Republican-dominated senate for a vote, where the party’s leaders have said it’s a priority.
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