From our good friend Ron Calzone:
Second Amendment Preservation Act
SB 613 is the 2014 version of HB 436
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January 20, 2014
Witnesses / Witness Forms needed for Senate Hearing
Hearings for the 2014 version of the Second Amendment Preservation Act have now been scheduled. Due to the large amount of interest in this bill, two hearing days have been scheduled to accommodate the witnesses.
For the latest, see the Senate Hearing Schedule and look for the General Laws Committee listing.
Hearings Now Scheduled for Tue. Jan 21 & Tue. Jan 28!
If you haven’t already, please fill out your witness form now, so we will be prepared. We need hundreds of witness forms to show you still demand action!
For the latest updates and an expanding list of FAQs, go to SAPA Resource Page.
This year’s version of SAPA is just as powerful as the version we passed with super-majorities and Governor Nixon vetoed in 2013. There is still a private cause of action clause and federal officials who violate your 2nd Amendment rights can still be arrested.
Gone, however, are some poorly worded clauses, like the prohibition of publishing the names of gun owners and problematic language relating to detention of students.
The concerns of some in the law enforcement community, although largely exaggerated and trumped up by Attorney General Foster, have also been addressed. And a delayed enactment provision diffuses all arguments that we may inadvertently allow something bad that only federal law prohibits, since there will be plenty of time to pass other state laws dealing with unforeseen issues.
And what may be most important, the delayed enactment date is AFTER Attorney General Koster leaves office. Recall that he vowed NOT to defend last year’s bill, if it became law.
Senator’s Tom Dempsey and Ron Richard made several improvements to the bill which not only make it easier to pass, but also more effective once passed. Although they changed their votes and were responsible for the failure to override the veto, they have committed to fast-tracking this year’s bill and overriding a veto during the spring legislative session.
Here’s a good news story about this year’s effort across the country:
SUMMARY OF THE PRINCIPLES OF THE BILL
Since the 10th Amendment makes it clear that all powers not granted to the federal government are reserved to the states and the People, the regulation of the ownership of arms is a state, not a federal matter.
That applies to ALL such regulation.
We must demand from our legislators no less than the strongest, most principled stand they can take to defend our right to keep and bear arms!
Rep. Doug Funderburk and Sen. Brian Nieves’ “Second Amendment Preservation Act” is the strongest and most principled protection of the right to keep and bear arms in the nation!.
Notice that it utilizes the words of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison to explain Missouri’s authority to nullify unconstitutional federal edicts within her borders. Including this language is essential to the success of the bill. It also specifically lists the types of things we will not put up with, and that’s what gives state officials the “cover” they need to enforce the bill.