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Dispute Among Republicans May Once Again Kill Gun Bill

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Differences between the Missouri House and Senate may once again kill an effort to nullify federal gun laws.

The Missouri House voted Tuesday evening by a veto-proof margin, 109-42, to approve a conference committee’s proposed final version of the bill, officially known as the “Second Amendment Preservation Act.”

But the chief Senate sponsor, state Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, declined to sign the panel’s compromise and told reporters that he may not bring up the version for a final Senate vote before this session ends on Friday. The result would be to kill the bill.

The conference committee had accepted the position of the chief House sponsor, Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Charles, that the gun bill shouldn’t penalize federal law enforcement officers who tried to enforce federal laws that some pro-gun advocates believe infringe on their constitutional rights. Nieves’ Senate bill had included some penalties and he objected at removing all of them.

Nieves had come close last year in winning passage of a stricter gun nullification bill, which passed the House but was killed by Senate GOP leaders, largely because of law-enforcement groups’ objections to some of the 2013 provisions. Those earlier provisions included the proposed penalties against federal authorities who attempted to enforce federal gun laws.

Funderburk emphasized that he had made a commitment to law-enforcement groups to not include any such penalties in this year’s version.


Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.

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