KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A judge from Cole County, Missouri, will decide Thursday whether a lawsuit against the state is contentious Second Amendment Preservation Act will advance.
The lawsuit does got kicked out once but then the Missouri Supreme Court revived it.
Jackson County and the city of St. Louis are already part of the legal challenge, but on Tuesday, Kansas City leaders introduced a resolution that would add the city’s name to the list of plaintiffs.
St. Louis and Jackson County argue that the Second Amendment Preservation Act is unconstitutional because it imposes obstacles on local police who want to cooperate with federal agents on gun cases.
In the Kansas City Special Committee for Legal Review, Kansas City attorney Matt Gigliotti described how police efforts to enforce gun laws are “chilled” by Missouri law.
“We have an opportunity in this litigation with our other communities and other political subdivisions that have participated in this to advocate and ensure that the city’s investment in law enforcement is paying off,” Gigliotti said.
“What I’m seeing is probably our city’s name in a symbolic way, basically. But I also think he’s unsymbolically letting the court know that we have a vested interest in this, too,” said Mayor Pro Tem Kevin McManus.
Governor Mike Parson signed the Second Amendment Preservation Act come into force in 2021. It includes fines and possible prison terms for officers who enforce federal gun laws in Missouri. Police departments also risk fines of up to $50,000 if they work with the FBI, DEA or ATF to “register, track” or interdict the “transfer of any type of firearm.”
The worry is that the law would prohibit police from working with federal agents while tracking a murder weapon, for example.
“I don’t think it’s just the media that’s driving this story. I think there’s really some concern from people that you wouldn’t necessarily expect to have. They’re people who love their guns, right? But they just want to make sure they understand how to do their job and protect their community. And I think we should support them in that,” said McManus.
The Kansas City Council will vote Thursday on whether to join the lawsuit. That’s the same day for the Cole County hearing, where the state is asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit again.
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