Missouri House Passes Firearms Freedom Act

On January 27th, Missouri State Representative Mike Leara introduced House Bill 361 (HB361), the “Firearms Freedom Act.” Last Thursday, the Missouri House passed it by a vote of 118-37. It now goes on to the state senate for further consideration.

If passed into law, the bill would make law that “a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is manufactured commercially or privately in Missouri and that remains within the borders of Missouri is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of congress to regulate interstate commerce. It is declared by the legislature that those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.”

So far, 8 states have passed a version of the Firearms Freedom Act into law – Montana and Tennessee in 2009, and Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, and South Dakota last year. More than a dozen other states are also considering the act as well.

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