This week, the Missouri State House is likely to consider the strongest protection of the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the country. HB436 would nullify virtually every federal gun control measure on the books – past, present and future. It passed out of two committee this last week and is going to the floor on Monday to start the process there.
Your action is needed right now to help move this important bill forward!
1. Contact your State Representative NOW. Strongly, but respectfully, urge him or her to vote YES on HB436. Let them know that you consider this their duty – to stand up and protect the right to keep and bear arms. Votes on this bill will be coming fast, so your action is needed NOW. You can call in the evening and over the weekend too. Make sure to leave a message, if necessary, and ask for a return call to talk about HB436.
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2. Contact your State Senator. Brian Nieves introduced the companion bill, SB325, and it’s moving forward as well. Contact your state senator right now and urge them to co-sponsor and support SB325
3. Share this information widely. Please pass this along to your friends and family. Also share it with any and all grassroots groups you’re in contact with around the state. Please encourage them to email this information to their members and supporters.
4. Encourage your local community to take action as well. Present the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act to your city county, your town council, or your county commissioners. Various local governments around the country are already passing similar resolutions and ordinances. Local legislative action is a great way to strengthen a statewide campaign against 2nd Amendment violations.
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5. Get active on Social Media. Join the grassroots activism group – http://www.facebook.com/groups/2ndAmendmentMissouri/
HB436, the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, might be the most appropriately named bill anywhere. It proposes to do just what’s in the title, and would nullify virtually all federal gun control measures on the books – “past, present, or future.” It reads, in part:
All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.
(2) Such federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations include, but are not limited to:
(a) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1934;
(b) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968;
(c) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition not common to all other goods and services which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(d) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(e) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;
(f) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of any type of firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens; and
(g) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition from law-abiding citizens.
There is no stronger protection for the right to keep and bear arms anywhere in the country – if passed into law. Currently that title goes to Kansas, where an almost-as-strong bill is sitting on Governor Brownback’s desk awaiting signature or veto.
A companion bill, SB325 introduced by State Senator Brian Nieves, has already passed the General laws committee in the Senate and will go through a similar process there. Moving both bills simultaneously is an excellent strategy towards passage into law as it will help fast track the measures to the Governor’s desk with enough time on the calendar to override his veto. Inside sources say if the committees move the bills forward, a veto-proof majority is attainable with strong grassroots support.
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