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Montana’s stand for 2nd and 10th Amendments
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Missouri to introduce Firearms Freedom Act
New Hampshire proposes state sovereignty law–with a twist
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We have looked before at the fact that Missouri is among the large number of states to have introduced some version of the “Firearms Freedom Act.” Under this legislation, guns, ammunition, and gun accessories manufactured in-state, and never taken beyond the state’s borders, would be exempt from federal gun laws (because they would not be part of interstate commerce).
The earlier article focused on Missouri House Bill 1230, introduced by Representative Cynthia Davis. House Bill 1506, introduced by Representative Jason Smith, looks, on the basis of a quick comparison, to be identical.
Unfortunately, neither bill seems to be going anywhere. Both were sent to committee on February 10th, and both have languished there ever since.
Montana was the first state to pass the Firearms Freedom Act, and by virtue of that, has come to be seen as something of the leader in the endeavor to advance this movement. A great part of the effort that led to the FFA’s passage in Montana came from the Montana Sports Shooting Association (MSSA). Because of that, and because of his tireless support of efforts to bring about FFA-type legislation in other states, MSSA president Gary Marbut is, perhaps, the top voice of the FFA movement.
Mr. Marbut’s advice to Missourians who want the federal government to get out, and stay out, of gun issues that are purely Missour’s business, is:
Interested MO folk need to raise a ruckus to help Davis move her bill [and/or Smith move his].
The focus of that “ruckus” needs, at this point, to be the committee in which HB 1230 and HB 1506 are stuck. That’s the Special Committee on Agri-Business (and no, I don’t know what such legilsation would have to do with “Agri-Business,” either). Here’s the committee membership list:
Clicking on those links will get you the contact information for that particular representative. As committee chariman, Representative Munzlinger should be at the center of this effort, but they all need to hear from you, and if you’re a voter in that Rep.’s district, make sure he knows it.
Passing the FFA is likely to be a first step, rather than the destination (a very good piece about eventual further challenges can be found here), but Missourians have some work to do before even getting to that first step.
Make that call.
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