On Wednesday, the Justice Department issued an opinion saying Missouri’s new gun law is unconstitutional and should be blocked. In June, Republican Gov. Mike Parson sighed the bill which he said served the primary purpose of “standing up to the federal government.” However, the DOJ sided with a legal challenge aiming to nullify the bill.
The Hill reports:
“[T]he United States supports a declaration that HB85 is unconstitutional and an injunction against its enforcement,” attorneys for DOJ wrote.
The law, which is titled the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” generally prohibits Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies from enforcing federal gun laws, and provides for civil penalties of $50,000 for each violation.
The new law sparked an immediate legal challenge from St. Louis, which according to 2019 data from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, had the highest murder rate among major American cities.
The law has already contributed to some local law enforcement officers ending their participation in federal task forces, reinforcing DOJ’s view that the HB85 undermines public safety.