HB 170, which was posted less than an hour ago, includes the following passage;
It shall be unlawful for any officer or employee of this state, or any political subdivision, or any federal firearms dealer licensed under 19 U.S.C. Section 923 to enforce or attempt to enforce any act, law, statute, rule, or regulation of the federal government relating to a personal firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition that is owned or manufactured commercially or privately in the state of Missouri and that remains exclusively within the boundaries of the state of Missouri. 2. 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.The Guernsey bill also allows anyone charged with violating federal gun laws enacted after Jan. 1 to request the Missouri attorney general to represent him or her.
The bill's wording also makes it clear that it applies to any efforts by the Obama Administration to limit any type of regulation of semi-automatic weapons or magazines and any attempt to register people who own any kind of gun.
In addition to Guernsey the bill's list of co-sponsors includes representatives Bill White R-Joplin, Charlie Davis R-Webb City, Bill Reiboldt, R-Neosho; Mike Kelley, R-Lamar, Bill Lant, R-Joplin, and Tom Flanigan R-Carthage.
The bill is classifed as "emergency" legislation, because it is "deemed necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, peace, and safety," If it passes both houses and receives the governor's signatures, it takes effect immediately.