62 gun-happy GOP lawmakers vs. U.S. Constitution
The Kansas City Star
Dozens of Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly have embarrassed themselves by signing on to a bill that declares - by God! - the federal government can’t tell them what to do.
If President Barack Obama, Congress and the feds try to impose any gun controls on Missouri that the lawmakers don’t like, the new bill says, anyone who tries to enforce those laws would become criminals themselves.
Boom! You can almost see Kansas City-area GOP legislators Chris Molendorp, Ronald Schieber, Noel Shull and the 59 others sticking their tongues out at the jack-booted thugs of the Obama administration.
In other words, they are going to criminalize the enforcement of federal laws.
Unfortunately this is a shameful attempt at publicity, yet another gigantic waste of time by GOP lawmakers in Jefferson City.
For a bunch of Republicans who profess to love the U.S. Constitution, these guys and gals really don’t get it. Here’s the list of co-sponsors so far.
Ever read Article VI, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, better known as the Supremacy Clause?
Yes, that’s the part of the U.S. Constitution that says federal laws are the “supreme” laws. Any conflict between federal laws/bills and state laws/bills? The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the feds have the final say.
Put another way, states don’t have the legal power to reject federal law.
This argument being used by the 62 Missouri GOP lawmakers has been tried before by states that don’t want to follow the rules of the land. And it’s been rejected before. If House Bill 170 gets passed, it will be another travesty foisted upon the people of Missouri by the General Assembly.