Jefferson City, Mo (September 11, 2013) – Michael Boldin at Tenth Amendment Center writes that, “Today, the Missouri State House of Representatives sent more than just a message, they passed would could arguably be the strongest state-level protection of the right to keep and bear arms in modern times.”
The resulting vote was a resounding 109 in favor of preserving liberty and natural rights – to 49 opposed!
Boldin continues, “By overriding Governor Jay Nixon’s veto of House Bill 436 (HB436), the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, the Missouri state legislature gave a resounding “No!” to all federal gun laws, rules, regulations and orders – past, present and future.”
Douglas Funderburk, sponsor of the bill, noted upon presenting the bill to the Missouri House that both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison believed that it’s not only a good idea to resist such federal acts – it’s duty. Citing the Missouri Constitution, Funderburk powerfully stated that, “The principle office of government is to secure the citizens’ rights.” He continued, “This bill is saying we want to protect the protections and freedoms not just in the Missouri Constitution but also in the US Constitution, and that is one of the roles of this body…It’s time for the State of Missouri to do our duty to protect the right to keep and bear arms, and to push back the tyranny of an out-of-control and incompetent and federal government.”
After push-back from Representative Jill Schupp, who attempted to employ laughable scare-tactics through an attempt to convince people that passing HB436 would “protect pedophiles…and rapists,” another State Rep wisely noted that an individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms exists with or without government, and that the legislature is doing their duty to protect those rights. He said, “Whether you agree with who they are, where they live or how they carry, it’s still their right. We’re not giving people the right to carry, they already have the right to open carry.”
What’s Next? An override vote in the State Senate….As noted by Boldin at TAC, Sources believe that an override vote in the State Senate is going to be even more difficult, where leading republicans have taken, as one source said, “The Nancy Pelosi version of the Constitution where federal law is supreme, and there’s nothing we can do about it but wait for federal courts to limit federal power.”
Missouri residents are strongly encouraged to take action right now. Today. Contact your state Senators to press for a veto override. Get contact info and more action steps at this link: Missouri’s 2nd Amendment Preservation
Contact your Missouri leaders:
- Call or e-mail your Senator NOW by using this directory
- To call or e-mail your Legislators to thank them for their vote: Legislator Look-up
Read more: Tenth Amendment Center: Override, Missouri House votes to Nullify!