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Proposal would separate Missouri gun laws from federal government

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Some Missouri legislators will soon be trying to over-ride several vetoes by Governor Nixon.  One of those vetoes deals with separating federal gun regulations from state gun regulations.  Several Republicans and even Democrats want to enact this separation, despite Governor Nixon previously shooting it down.

Some say the proposal is partly loaded with good intentions.  "Well, I'm a big believer in state rights," says Chief Deputy Chris Jennings with the Newton County Sheriff's Department.

But before the trigger is pulled on the matter, Jennings adds, "I know the Missouri Sheriff's Association has taken the stance that this is going to cause a lot of problems."

Jennings and Gabe Derocili, owner of "4 States Shooter Supply," say the target is way off.

"We have some tree hugging Hollywood talking heads, a lot of politicians, that want to run every aspect of our lives.  And they should just butt out," says Derocili.

Some Missouri legislators want to make it illegal for federal regulators to infringe on a Missourian's right to keep and bear arms.  

It's more of a symbolic gesture of government separation.

"I don't really think there's anything allowed state-wise that's not allowed federal-wise," says Jennings.

What seems to concern people the most about this proposal is after someone gets arrested for illegally having a silencer or gun, police worry no federal charges could be pursued.

"Basically, if a federal officer can't come into the state to enforce a federal gun law, then we would not be able to request their assistance in adding a federal charge to someone we've already arrested," says Jennings.

Federal charges could be more strict and add time in prison.

Newton County deputies say they pursue federal gun charges a few times each year.  Missouri lawmakers are expected to vote on this proposal in a few days.

"If legislators would do their homework, take their time, confer with experts," says Derocili.

If passed, the new rule is expected to get national attention.

The proposal also includes making it a crime to publish a Missouri gun owner's identity.  This would even prohibit media from publishing information such as who won a hunting competition.  Both Chief Deputy Jennings and gun shop owner Derocili are against this part of the proposal.

 

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