Missouri's Legislature failed to advance highly publicized legislation that sought to nullify some federal gun laws as its session concluded Friday, but it did send the governor a measure that could allow specially trained teachers to carry concealed weapons in the classroom.
Despite being a top priority that majority GOP leaders pledged would be one of the first bills passed this year, a dispute among Republicans ultimately derailed the attempt to void any federal law that "infringed on people's right to keep and bear arms."
Courts have routinely ruled that states cannot nullify federal laws, but that hasn't stopped them from trying.
Supporters of the Missouri effort were divided until the session's final hours over how aggressive the measure should be in punishing federal agents who enforced unspecified gun laws.
"The problem is how to deal with a very fine line of language that isn't overprotection but still has elements to keep our community safe," House sponsor Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters said.
The House adopted the final compromise and sent it to the Senate with less than 30 minutes remaining in the session. Democratic senators then were able to stall for the remaining time.
TVNL Comment: Will someone, please, please, send this group of GOP morons a copy of the US Constitution?