Participants applaud during a rally to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a gun bill on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capital in Jefferson City, Mo., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. The governor vetoed a bill that attempted to nullify certain federal gun laws. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
A Missouri bill attempting to nullify some federal gun control policies moved a step closer to becoming law Wednesday as the House voted to override a gubernatorial veto of the measure.
The 109-49 state House vote met the bare minimum needed for a veto override, but the legislation still must get a two-thirds majority in the Senate for it to become law. The legislation declares any federal policies that “infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms” shall be invalid in Missouri. It allows state misdemeanor charges to be brought against federal agents who try to enforce those laws, or against anyone who publishes the identity of a gun owner.
The measure is an attempt to “push back the tyranny of an out of control and incompetent federal government,” said the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Doug Funderburk, a Republican.
Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed the bill in July while warning that it infringed on free-speech rights and also violated the supremacy clause of the U.S. Constitution, which gives precedence to federal laws over state ones. The legislation was one of the boldest examples yet of what has become a nationwide movement among states to nullify federal laws with which local officials disagree.