Jackson, MS, United States (4E) – State legislators in Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee joined their counterparts in Texas and Wyoming in proposing legislation that will block implementation of President Barack Obama’s orders banning assault weapons and other gun control measures.
In a joint press conference at the State Capitol in Jackson on Wednesday, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and House Speaker Phil Gunn said they will continue fighting for Mississippians constitutional right to bear arms so they can protect themselves and their property. The two called on the state legislature to make new federal gun control measures illegal to enforce in the state because they infringe on Second Amendment rights.
In Missouri, State Sen. Brian Munzlinger, who represents Williamstown, filed Senate Bill 150 that makes unenforceable the President’s executive order or any federal law banning semi-automatic weapons and accessories. The bill makes it a crime for any officer, government agent or employee from enforcing a law or order declared unenforceable.
In Tennessee, State Rep. Jeremy Faison and Sen. Frank Nicely proposed a bill that would make it illegal for any “public funds” of the state to be “allocated to the “implementation, regulation or enforcement of any federal law, executive order, rule or regulation” that is passed and “adversely affects a United States citizen’s ability to lawfully possess or carry firearms in this state,” according to ABC News.
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Murfreesboro) proposed a bill making it a misdemeanor for federal law enforcement to enforce any new federal gun bans in Tennessee
The proposals of Bryant, Gunn, Munzlinger, Faison, Nicely and Carr followed the lead taken earlier by legislators in Texas and Wyoming.
On Monday, Texas State Rep. Steve Toth, who represents an area near Houston, announced he will file a “Firearms Protection Act” that makes “any federal law banning semi-automatic firearms or limiting the size of gun magazines unenforceable within the state’s boundaries.”
Last week, Wyoming state Rep. Kendell Kroeker (R-Evansville) introduced a similar legislation.