Although NRA representatives testified in favor of numerous bills to expand gun rights that were heard by legislative committees this year, the organization didn't testify on behalf of HB 436 or any of the similar bills before the General Assembly this year that seek to declare federal gun laws null and void in Missouri and that attempt to make it a crime to enforce those laws. According to several recent news reports on the bill in advance of the General Assembly's Sept. 11 veto session, NRA officials either have failed to respond to reporters' inquiries or declined to state the organization's position on the bill.
Koster telling half truths in discussing opposition to the measure AUDIO
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. While privately telling many Missouri lawmakers that their organization opposes efforts to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of House Bill 436, officials with the Nike Air Force 1 Low Court Purple
National Rifle Association repeatedly have refused to take a public position on the blatantly unconstitutional pro gun legislation.
AUDIO:Jessica Machetta interviews Rep. Funderburk about the bill (9:48).
The Attorney General says portions of a gun bill could be declared unconstitutional by federal courts should the legislature override the governor veto. The sponsor of the bill disagrees.
are leaving out one minor part of a sentence that it has to be declared an infringement to a citizen constitutional right to the second amendment, Funderburk says. there a qualifier that they conveniently leaving out when discussing their opposition to the bill. says he expects the legislature to easily override Nixon veto of the measure. He says an overwhelming amount of supporters have contacted his office from Missouri and other states. The bill has gained national attention Missouri is the only state to have passed such a measure and Funderburk has subsequently drawn support and opposition to the measure from our state and beyond.
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"As the nation's largest and most powerful gun rights group, the NRA should tell Missourians where it stands on HB 436," said House Minority Whip John Rizzo, D Kansas City. "If the NRA opposes the bill, as its representatives have privately said, then it should say so publicly. Constitution, which holds that federal laws are superior to contradictory state laws. Constitution and the free speech provision of the Missouri Constitution, Article I, Section 8.
Powerful Second Amendment advocacy group takes no public position on HB 436
you took a sum of all the correspondence I have received in favor of this bill it about 15 or 20 to one in support, he says. you took a count before the New York Times published it, it was probably more Nike Air Force 1 Low Black Size 8 like 30 or 40 to one in support of versus the opposition. If not throughout the national press and the national coverage looking at how Americans would support this concept, I can definitely tell you Missourians very much support this concept and see it signed into law. is confident the legislature will vote to override Nixon veto of the measure when it convenes Sept. 11. After that, he Air Force 1 Low Top Black
Attorney General Chris Koster has issued a letter saying a bill that would make it illegal to enforce federal gun laws in Missouri would likely not hold up in federal court. Sponsor of the bill, Representative Doug Funderburk of St. Peters says Koster and Governor Nixon need to take a closer look at the bill and at current federal law he says they are politicizing the measure.
"I am disappointed that our Attorney General has again opted to regurgitate the governor's talking points rather than stand with a bipartisan supermajority in the House and Senate in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all law abiding Missourians, Jones says. We will be further analyzing and examining the specific legal issues raised by the Attorney General and will respond if additional comment is necessary. the full letterHERE. (pdf file)
court system, but says if it does, that one of the functions of the Supreme Court.
House Speaker Tim Jones issued the following statement in response to Attorney General Koster's letter regarding HB 436:
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