Police chiefs at odds with lawmakers over "2nd Amendment" Bill

7:30 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - The St. Louis city and county police chiefs are taking on lawmakers.

Missouri House Bill 436 already passed once, but Governor Jay Nixon vetoed it. Now, law makers are considering an override of that veto.

The bill is known as the 2nd Amendment Protection Act. Its sponsor State Rep. Doug Funderburk, (R) St. Peters, says the purpose of the bill is to reject any and all federal laws that infringe on a Missourian's Constitutional right to bear arms.

But the St. Louis city and county police chiefs, Missouri's attorney general and the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police all say the bill would prohibit partnerships between local and federal authorities -- partnerships they credit with reducing gun crimes.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson call says overriding the veto of the bill is "basically putting a sign on Missouri that says, 'Okay, criminals. It's okay to come to Missouri. We won't prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law like Illinois, like Kansas, like Arkansas, like every other state in the union.'"

"This bill doesn't put one new gun on the street," says Funderburk. "It doesn't broaden anyone's scope or ability to purchase a firearm. It doesn't even advocate the ownership of firearms."

Lawmakers will debate the bill in a veto session next Wednesday. Funderburk is confident he has the votes to override the Governor's veto.



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