JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri bill attempting to nullify some federal gun-control policies is one step away from becoming law.
The Missouri House voted 109-49 Wednesday to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of the legislation. But the measure still needs a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate to become law.
The legislation declares that any federal policies that "infringe on the people's right to keep and bear arms" shall be invalid in Missouri. It allows state misdemeanor charges to be brought against federal authorities who attempt to enforce those laws, or against anyone who publishes the identity of a gun owner.
Nixon said the bill could violate the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of free speech and its supremacy clause that gives precedence to federal laws over conflicting state ones.