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Missouri bill to nullify federal gun restrictions

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MARION COUNTY, Mo. (WGEM) -

Missouri lawmakers want to send a strong message to the Federal Government and that's to say you're not taking away our second amendment rights.  A bill now on the Governor's desk would basically nullify all federal gun control laws.  

Missouri joins states like Montana, Kansas, and Texas that have passed similar bills so they can protect the rights of gun owners.  Despite this bill getting overwhelming approval in the legislature, there's still some conflicting viewpoints in Northeast Missouri.


"Well I am all for what Missouri has done. I agree that the citizens should have the right to carry that they shouldn't try to enforce anything against what the constitution said," said Stephanie Sydenstricker, who supports the bill.  
 
"No, I think Missouri should follow the federal laws, I really do believe that. Well I think that all the states should be the same, I don't think it should be different per state," said Jodi Pryor who is against the bill.  

Whether you agree with Stephanie Sydenstricker and believe Missouri should branch off or follow the laws of the federal government like Jodi Pryor, this bill will allow people to keep their guns.  Whether it's at home or on a firing range, Missouri lawmakers don't want to see the federal regulations stick in the Show-me State.  Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue says it can be tough to enforce state versus federal laws.
 
"It makes it very difficult, especially when you're on the enforcement aspect and you're trying to enforce these laws. One overrides the other one circumvents the other. This one just got passed into law in the state level and the federal level can override it. It does make it very difficult for law enforcement," he said.  

Pryor believes there should be more regulations on guns, but admits she doesn't know how much that will help, but Sydenstricker says as a gun owner, she hopes more states follow suit.   
"I sure hope so. I think more states have to. I don't think the government should have control over what each state does. It should be based upon each state," she said.

While Governor Nixon said he's still reviewing the bill before deciding what he'll do with it, the bill passed with enough votes that the legislature could override a possible veto.
 
There are other elements to this gun bill.  It would also reduce the age for getting a concealed carry permit from 21 to 19, allow concealed weapons to be carried by school personnel, and allow guns smaller than 16 inches to be openly carried anywhere in the state.

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