Missouri legislators have decided not to try to override their governor’s veto on a law that would allow the state to ignore certain federal gun legislation. From the Washington Post:
The Missouri legislation was one of the boldest examples in a nationwide movement among states to nullify federal laws with which local officials disagree. A recent analysis by The Associated Press found that about four-fifths of the states now have enacted laws that directly reject or conflict with federal laws on marijuana use, gun control, health insurance requirements and identification standards for driver’s licenses.
All of which is pretty ironic, considering (look closely now) the words on the state seal. In English: “United we stand. Divided we fall.” In Latin: “Salus Populi Supreme Lex Esto,” or “Let the welfare of the people be the supreme law.”
Ha, ha! JK, citizens!
That this breaking away from the union — and that recently protesters in favor of nullification were holding up posters in Jeff City (saLUTE!) that called for states’ rights — is disturbing to the extreme.
But it’s not just my beloved Missouri that’s gone off the tracks. Click here for examples of other states’ attempts to nullify gun laws, from Sunlight Foundation.