With President Joe Biden’s decision to announce multiple executive orders yesterday, several of which directly infringe on the right to keep and bear arms, it’s easy to feel like this is a setback.
Well…because it is.
But, not all hope is lost. There are many states that have already passed sanctuary measures where they say they will invalidate federal gun laws. Other states are considering such measures.
One of them is Missouri, which is also looking at expanding gun rights.
Missouri is a step closer to allowing guns on buses and declaring federal firearms laws “invalid.”
A state Senate committee Thursday advanced two gun rights expansion bills to the floor. Both have already passed the House.
The bill allowing concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns onto public transit is opposed by Kansas City transit officials and Mayor Quinton Lucas.
The other bill, an annual proposal, would nullify federal gun laws and regulations, including those that require fees, registration or tracking of guns. It would bar police in Missouri from enforcing those rules and allow those who believe their Second Amendment rights have been violated to sue local law enforcement for $50,000.
Being brought up on the Senate floor would be the closest the proposal has gotten to passage in years — and it may be spurred on by new federal gun control actions announced Thursday by the Biden administration, which have angered Republicans.
The bill, known as the Second Amendment Preservation Act, passed both chambers overwhelmingly when it was first introduced in 2013, then narrowly failed an override of then-Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto.
Since then it has been proposed each year, part of a wave of conservative efforts to carve the state out from what they call intrusions from the federal government. Rep. Jered Taylor, a Republican from Republic who sponsored it this year, has seized on turnover in the White House to urge for its passage.
“We’ve never had a president who’s been so openly against our Second Amendment,” Taylor said in the House in February. “We as a state need to support our state’s rights and stop the federal government from their overreach.”
Asked by colleagues why he had also proposed the bill during the Trump administration, Taylor said he was responding to “the progression of how we’re moving in general across the country” on gun rights.
Plus, Taylor could also have noted that Trump wouldn’t be president forever.
Understand that I like sanctuary state laws, though I’m starting to be concerned that they won’t actually survive any legal challenge due to the Constitution’s supremacy clause. Then again, these laws shouldn’t be necessary due to the Second Amendment, but that’s where we’re at now.
As for the bus law being considered, that’s a no-brainer. Of course it should pass. People have a right to defend themselves, even if they need to take public transportation. See, it’s easy to say not to carry a gun on a bus, but it goes beyond that. When you tell someone they can’t carry on a bus, you’re also telling them they can’t carry anywhere other than destinations they can either walk to themselves or get a ride to.
It goes well beyond just the bus.
So yeah, that needs to pass. Buses are generally used by poorer members of society, which means current law allows them to be restricted from essentially carrying a gun almost anywhere. That’s simply not right.
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