The Republican-controlled Missouri Legislature failed to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of a bill to ify federal gun laws, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Nixon, a former attorney general, had raised several legal questions about the gun bill. About 100 gun rights advocates rallied at the Capitol yesterday in favor of the gun legislation, while the national Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said it was prepared to file a federal lawsuit against the state if the override attempt was successful.
Under the proposed legislation, Missouri would not have recognized federal laws that “infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms.” It also would have created a misdemeanor for federal officials who tried to enforce those measures. In the days leading up to the veto session, the legislation came under fire from law enforcement and Attorney General Chris Koster, who criticized the bill as “flawed public policy” that would prohibit local law enforcement from working with federal agencies. Rep. Jill Schupp, a democrat, said, “It turns law enforcement into criminals and criminals into victims.”