The Missouri General Assembly on Wednesday passed a bill that would nullify all federal gun control laws, both past and present, including the 1934 National Firearms Act, which put heavy restrictions on “gangster” weapons, and the Gun Control Act of 1968, which made the importation of “nonsporting” guns illegal.
Republican state Rep. Doug Funderburk introduced the bill, HB436, to the Missouri House in February and it was passed there in April by a vote of 115-42. It passed the state Senate last week by a vote of 26-6. A final vote was needed again in the House, which passed on Wednesday night.
The bill partially reads:
All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
(2) Such federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations include, but are not limited to:
(a) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1934;
(b) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968;
(c) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(d) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(e) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(f) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of any type of firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and
(g) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.
The bill is said to have a veto-proof majority vote behind it, which would prevent Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon from vetoing it.
“Governor Nixon can do nothing and it will automatically become law July 1st,” said activist Matt Radcliffe. “Or he can sign it into law. Or he can veto it then his veto will be overridden in the house and it will become law anyway!”
Missouri now joins several other states, including Kansas, that have passed bills nullifying federal gun control laws.