States Can’t Really Overrule Obama on Guns, But They’re Certainly Trying
Missouri became one of several states seeking to override federal gun laws this week.
Nate Rawlings wrote: "Throughout the day on Sept. 11, the Missouri General Assembly voted to override the 33 vetoes issued this year by Democratic Governor Jay Nixon. One by one vetoes fell, as the Republican-controlled legislature marshaled a two-thirds majority to overcome the governor’s objections. Conventional wisdom held that the Second Amendment Preservation Act, a controversial measure that would nullify some federal gun laws in the state and make it a crime for federal agents to enforce those laws, would survive Nixon’s veto. But the override failed by a single vote in the senate.
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'Historically, nullification laws have been enacted at various points in time,' says Richard Levy, professor of constitutional law at the University of Kansas. 'A lot of time when there are controversies and there’s an ideological polarization, nullification laws crop up, but historically they’ve never worked.'"