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Missouri Republicans at Odds on Gun Nullification

Posted: May 13, 2014 7:03 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: May 14, 2014 4:31 AM

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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A disagreement among Missouri's Republican lawmakers is threatening to derail a bill that seeks to nullify certain federal gun control laws.

At issue is how to punish federal agents who enforce laws deemed to infringe on gun rights.

The House passed a plan Tuesday that would let Missourians sue federal agents for enforcing such laws.

But the Senate sponsor says that penalty is insufficient and wouldn't accomplish the legislation's goal. Sen. Brian Nieves wants to include a provision to bar federal law enforcement officers from future state jobs if they infringe on gun rights. He says it's unlikely the Senate will consider the version passed by the House.

Time is running short for compromise. The Legislature faces a 6 p.m. Friday deadline to pass bills.

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