Missouri Second Amendment Preservation Act – SAPA

Senate Bill 39 and it’s counterpart, House Bill 85 are important Missouri bills heading through the Senate and the House now!

Current Action Items:

  1. Call your sheriff. Tell him that the leadership of the Sheriff’s association seems to have missed the memo – Our new administration in Washington has made clear their intentions to disarm law abiding citizens. Tell him that even if it make his job harder, you expect him to place a priority on protecting our Second Amendment rights. Get his public commitment to support SAPA in its original form.
  2. As of 1/20/21, there are 41 cosponsors for the House version of SAPA. Check this list to see if your rep is on it.  If he or she is not, call them and ask them to cosponsor HB 85.  They can do it from home and don’t have to wait until they are back in Jeff City next week. Click here to locate your legislator.
  3. Spread the news of SAPA. When the House version of the bill has a hearing we want to double the number of witness forms. If you haven’t filled out a witness form for either SB 39 or HB 85 yet, click here! Then pass it on to your friends!

SB 39 Bill Summary

SB 39 – This act creates the “Second Amendment Preservation Act”, and lists various declarations of the Missouri General Assembly regarding the United States Constitution and the scope of the federal government’s authority. In addition, the act declares that federal supremacy does not apply to federal laws that restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition within the state because such laws exceed the scope of the federal government’s authority. Laws necessary for the regulation of the land and the United States Armed Forces are excluded from the types of federal firearms laws that exceed federal authority.

This act declares as invalid all federal laws that infringe on the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Article I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution. Some laws declared invalid under this act include certain taxes, certain registration and tracking laws, certain prohibitions on the possession, ownership, use, or transfer of a specific type of firearm, and confiscation orders.

The act declares that it is the duty of the courts and law enforcement agencies to protect the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.

Under this act, no public officer or state or local employee has the authority to enforce firearms laws declared invalid by the act.

Any public officer or state or local employee who tries to enforce the firearms law declared invalid by the act or any person who acts under the color of law to deprive a Missouri citizen of rights or privileges ensured by the federal and state constitutions shall be liable for redress. In such an action attorney’s fees and costs may be awarded, and official or qualified immunity shall not be available to the defendant as a defense. Such officer or employee may also be prohibited from serving as a law enforcement officer for the state or any political subdivision.

This act contains a severability clause.

This act is substantially similar to SB 588 (2020), SB 367 (2019) and similar to HB 786 (2019), HB 1760 (2018), and similar to provisions in HB 1439 (2014)