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Missouri Seeks to Propel Second Amendment ‘Sanctuary’ Movement to the Next Level

Missouri is upping the stakes in the Second Amendment Sanctuary effort, moving the issue beyond a police chief, a sheriff or two, or a county council here and there, setting up a city or county gun rights sanctuary.

Since the framers understood the right to keep and bear arms was inextricably linked to an American’s God-given right to self-defense, it’s sad for America that states, such as Missouri, now feel they must pass special laws to secure their citizens’ unalienable rights.

Incidentally, we also have an American president’s signed executive order, forcing colleges and universities to honor the First Amendment or risk losing federal funding. The order would require them to treat any conservative’s speech with which they disagree with the tolerance they should already be demonstrating. Ironically, the “free speech movement” began on college campuses. In fact, at that sucker-punching capitol of academia called Berkeley. Like I said, it’s sad.

According to CBS affiliate KFVS 12, the Missouri Senate and House have proposed a “Second Amendment Preservation Act” or SB367 and HB786. Lawmakers seek to “enact nine new sections to the right to bear arms.” This act would also invalidate future federal laws that overtly infringe on the Second Amendment.

The state would then enforce its own firearms laws while invalidating federal laws including certain registration, tracking, prohibitions on ownership, use, and transfer of specific firearms, and gun confiscation orders. I’ll let the proposed legislation speak for itself.

HB786 1.430:

All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, regardless if enacted before or after the Second Amendment Protection Act, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States and Article I, Section 23 of the Constitution of Missouri shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

And for those who conflate the Second Amendment Sanctuary efforts with illegal immigration sanctuary, and charge hypocrisy, you’re not being intellectually honest. One movement seeks to nullify necessary immigration laws. This includes protecting violent criminals and obstructing American law enforcement officers. The other seeks to enforce federal and state constitutional provisions for preserving the people’s gun rights.

Remember, as the Supreme Law of the Land (which includes the Second Amendment), the U.S. Constitution mandates federal, state and, local governments adhere to it. That’s all Missouri is trying to do—and God bless them for it.

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Steve Pomper

Steve Pomper is an OpsLens contributor, a retired Seattle police officer, and the author of four non-fiction books, including De-Policing America: A Street Cop’s View of the Anti-Police State. You can read a review of this new book in Front Page Magazine and listen to an interview with Steve on the Joe Pags Show. Steve was a field-training officer, on the East Precinct Community Police Team, and served his entire career on the streets. He has a BA in English Language and Literature. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grand-kids. He loves to ride his Harley, hike, and cycle with his wife, Jody, a retired firefighter. You can find out more about Steve and send him comments and questions at

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