Missouri Representative Todd Richardson has introduced a bill that would stop federal gun control “laws” at the state border.

HB 209 would amend the Missouri Code concerning firearms. The text of the bill simply states that:

Any federal law, rule, regulation, or order created or effective on or after January 1, 2013 shall be unenforceable in the state of Missouri if the law, rule, regulation, or order attempts to:
(1) Ban or restrict ownership of a semi-automatic firearm or any magazine of a firearm; or
(2) Require any firearm, magazine, or other firearm accessory to be registered in any manner.

This bill, if passed, would nullify any federal gun control bill that would limit the citizens of Missouri access to firearms, ammunition and accessories and make it a felony to try to implement it in Mississippi. A section from this bill reads:

Any official, agent, or employee of the federal government who enforces or attempts to enforce any act, order, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the federal government upon a personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in the state of Missouri and that remains exclusively within the borders of the state of Missouri shall be guilty of a class D felony.

HB 209 was introduced on January 17, 2013 and has not yet been assigned to committee.


If you would like to see model legislation to introduce in your state to nullify federal firearm laws, please see The Tenth Amendment Center’s Model Legislation: The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

Track the status of 2nd Amendment preservation legislation in states around the country HERE

ACTION ITEMS for Missouri

If you live in Missouri, contact your state legislator. Let him or her know of your concern over federal actions to take away your 2nd Amendment rights and that you expect support of this legislation. Click here for contact information.

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If you live outside of Missouri, still contact your state legislator. Inform him or her that you hope similar legislation will be introduced in your state.

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