Funderburk’s HB436- The Proper Role of Government

Posted: February 8, 2013 in Fire Arms, Legislative Issues
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As I noted in a previous post, Representative Funderburk has put forward the best bill yet in support of not only the Second Amendment, but the entire proper role of the Federal and State governments. This bill needs the full support of ALL citizens and groups who hold our freedom dear. Please spread this far and wide, and if your Rep has not yet co-sponsored this legislation, please give them a call and encourage them to do so. Also, we could certainly use a companion piece of legislation with this exact verbiage in the Missouri Senate.

Progressive groups are already coming out and attacking Funderburk as being “loony” for offering up this bill. If it is “loony” to support the US and Missouri Constitutions, what exactly would taking an oath to do so, and not honoring it be called? I’ll let you provide that answer….My answer begins with a “T”, and it isn’t trustworthy.

Here is HB436 as introduced and available from http://www.moga.mo.gov:

 

EXPLANATION — Matter enclosed in bold-faced brackets [thus] in the above bill is not enacted and is intended

to be omitted from the law. Matter in bold-face type in the above bill is proposed language.

FIRST REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 436

97TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES FUNDERBURK (Sponsor), JONES (110), BURLISON, HICKS,

RHOADS, ROSS, MILLER, PARKINSON, REMOLE, ANDERSON, HURST, BAHR, BROWN,

SMITH (120), KOENIG, CURTMAN, DUGGER, MORRIS, SOMMER, LEARA, GATSCHENBERGER,

BRATTIN, SCHIEFFER AND KORMAN (Co-sponsors).

1204L.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk

AN ACT

To amend chapter 1, RSMo, by adding thereto one new section relating to the Second

Amendment preservation act, with a penalty provision.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the state of Missouri, as follows:

Section A. Chapter 1, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be

2 known as section 1.320, to read as follows:

1.320. 1. This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Second Amendment

2 Preservation Act”.

3 2. The general assembly finds and declares that:

4 (1) The general assembly of the state of Missouri is firmly resolved to support and

5 defend the United States Constitution against every aggression, either foreign or domestic,

6 and the general assembly is duty-bound to watch over and oppose every infraction of those

7 principles which constitute the basis of the Union of the States, because only a faithful

8 observance of those principles can secure the nation’s existence and the public happiness;

9 (2) Acting through the United States Constitution, the people of the several states

10 created the federal government to be their agent in the exercise of a few defined powers,

11 while reserving to the state governments the power to legislate on matters which concern

12 the lives, liberties, and properties of citizens in the ordinary course of affairs;

13 (3) The limitation of the federal government’s power is affirmed under the Tenth

14 Amendment to the United States Constitution, which defines the total scope of federal

15 power as being that which has been delegated by the people of the several states to the

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16 federal government, and all power not delegated to the federal government in the

17 Constitution of the United States is reserved to the states respectively, or to the people

18 themselves;

19 (4) Whenever the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant

20 it in the Constitution, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force;

21 (5) The several states of the United States of America are not united on the

22 principle of unlimited submission to their federal government. The government created

23 by the compact among the states is not the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the

24 powers granted to it by the Constitution, because that would have made the federal

25 government’s discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of those powers. To the

26 contrary, as in all other cases of compacts among powers having no common judge, each

27 party has an equal right to judge itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure

28 of redress. Although the several states have granted supremacy to laws and treaties made

29 pursuant to the powers granted in the Constitution, such supremacy does not apply to

30 various federal statutes, orders, rules, regulations, or other actions which restrict or

31 prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or

32 ammunition exclusively within the borders of Missouri; such statues, orders, rules,

33 regulations, and other actions exceed the powers granted to the federal government except

34 to the extent they are necessary and proper for the government and regulation of the land

35 and naval forces of the United States or for the organizing, arming, and disciplining militia

36 forces actively employed in the service of the United States Armed Forces;

37 (6) The people of the several states have given Congress the power “to regulate

38 commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes”,

39 but “regulating commerce” does not include the power to limit citizens’ right to keep and

40 bear arms in defense of their families, neighbors, persons, or property, or to dictate to what

41 sort of arms and accessories law-abiding mentally competent Missourians may buy, sell,

42 exchange, or otherwise possess within the borders of this state;

43 (7) The people of the several states have also given Congress the power “to lay and

44 collect taxes, duties, imports, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common

45 defense and general welfare of the United States” and “to make all laws which shall be

46 necessary and proper for carrying into execution the powers vested by the Constitution in

47 the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof”. These

48 constitutional provisions merely identify the means by which the federal government may

49 execute its limited powers and ought not to be so construed as themselves to give unlimited

50 powers because to do so would be to destroy the balance of power between the federal

51 government and the state governments. We deny any claim that the taxing and spending

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52 powers of Congress can be used to diminish in any way the people’s right to keep and bear

53 arms;

54 (8) The people of Missouri have vested the general assembly with the authority to

55 regulate the manufacture, possession, exchange, and use of firearms within this state’s

56 borders, subject only to the limits imposed by the Second Amendment to the United States

57 Constitution and the Missouri Constitution.

58 3. (1) All federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present,

59 or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the

60 Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the

61 Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are

62 specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in

63 this state.

64 (2) Such federal acts, laws, orders, rules, and regulations include, but are not

65 limited to:

66 (a) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1934;

67 (b) The provisions of the federal Gun Control Act of 1968;

68 (c) Any tax, levy, fee, or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories, or

69 ammunition not common to all other goods and services which could have a chilling effect

70 on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-abiding citizens;

71 (d) Any registering or tracking of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition

72 which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items by law-

73 abiding citizens;

74 (e) Any registering or tracking of the owners of firearms, firearm accessories, or

75 ammunition which could have a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items

76 by law-abiding citizens;

77 (f) Any act forbidding the possession, ownership, or use or transfer of any type of

78 firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition by law-abiding citizens;

79 (g) Any act ordering the confiscation of firearms, firearm accessories, or

80 ammunition from law-abiding citizens.

81 4. It shall be the duty of the courts and law enforcement agencies of this state to

82 protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms within the boarder of this

83 state from the infringements in subsection 3 of this section.

84 5. No public officer or employee of this state shall have any authority to enforce or

85 attempt to enforce any of the infringements on the right to keep and bear arms included

86 in subsection 3 of this section.

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87 6. Any official, agent, or employee of the United States government who enforces

88 or attempts to enforce any of the infringements on the right to keep and bear arms

89 included in subsection 3 of this section is guilty of a class A misdemeanor.

90 7. Any Missouri citizen who has been subject to an effort to enforce any of the

91 infringements on the right to keep and bear arms included in subsection 3 of this section

92 shall have a private cause of action for declaratory judgment and for damages against any

93 person or entity attempting such enforcement.

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