Law enforcement beef at the highest levels now confronts Missouri.
Here's a peek at dox denouncing the antics of Jeff City and a debate over paperwork whilst the American homicide count climbs . . .
The brief says the law “poses a clear and substantial threat to public safety" and has “seriously impaired the federal government’s ability to combat violent crime in Missouri.”
The law declares “invalid” many federal gun regulations that don’t have an equivalent in Missouri law. These include statutes covering weapons registration and tracking, and possession of firearms by some domestic violence offenders.
Local departments are barred from enforcing them, or risk being sued for $50,000 by private citizens who believe their Second Amendment rights have been violated.
Police are also prohibited from giving “material aid and support” to federal agents and prosecutors in enforcing those “invalid” laws against “law-abiding citizens” — defined as those who Missouri law permits to have a gun.
The Justice Department, Democrats and other critics of the law, signed in June by Republican Gov. Mike Parson, say it’s blatantly unconstitutional. The brief appears to include the most extreme examples to date of the measure’s toll on law enforcement.
It says the law “is not only damaging valuable institutional relationships for enforcing firearms laws, but also increasing dangers in the field across a broad array of law enforcement operations.”
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri law forbidding local police from enforcing federal gun laws is hampering efforts to protect the public, federal authorities say. A blistering court brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice outlines multiple examples.