60 Minutes recently did a hit-piece on Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act (SAPA), a sanctuary law created to protect Missourians’ right to keep and bear arms from federal gun grabbers.
Specifically, SAPA prohibits state officials from enforcing federal firearms laws, and outlaws any taxes and fees imposed on guns, ammunition, or firearm accessories “not common to all other goods and services and that might reasonably be expected to create a chilling effect on the purchase or ownership of those items.”
Gun registration, tracking, and confiscation schemes also fall under this prohibited category, as GunsAmerica previously reported.
Fines are steep for violators, and that’s where the rubber meets the road for the disgruntled LEOs interviewed in the 60 Minutes feature.
The SAPA levies a $50,000 civil penalty on any law enforcement agency that employs a person who gives “material aid and support” to anyone who tries to enforce a federal gun control law the bill defines as an infringement on the Second Amendment.
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By design, the law is not intended to stop police from putting bad guys behind bars, as those in the 60 MInutes video allege, rather it’s about stopping “federal overreach and encroachment on Missourians’ Second Amendment rights,” as Missouri Gov. Mike Parson noted when he signed the legislation back in June.
In other words, SAPA is there to prevent policies like confiscatory prohibitions on black rifles or standard capacity magazines from being implemented. While it’s unlikely that Congress will succeed in reinstating a ban on “assault weapons” in the short term, who knows how things will shake out down the road.
And that’s why Missouri enacted SAPA (a dozen or so other states have similar laws on the books), to serve as an extra layer of defense against the Democrats’ anti-gun agenda.
Maybe it’s true that some kinks need to be worked out about how SAPA’s enforced with respect to the interplay between federal, state, and local law enforcement. The law shouldn’t have a chilling effect on earnest attempts by feds to lock up hardened criminals.
That said, the spirit of SAPA is sound, as the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.