Missouri Congressman, Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Christian County, has submitted Missouri HB(house bill) 85 in Jefferson City on February 8, 2021 to counter the federal government’s threat to infringe on Missouri citizen’s right to keep and bear arms because of recent Biden administration executive orders and legislation being pushed in Washington.
The bill (titled the Second Amendment Preservation Act) proposed by Taylor would bar state and local law enforcement from enforcing any federal statutes that ban or discourage “law-abiding citizens” from having guns, accessories or ammunition.
What Is House Bill 85?
HB 85’s goal is a precaution against federal government growth in the sphere of gun control. The bill states that laws, rules, orders, or other actions which restrict or prohibit the manufacture, ownership, and use of firearms, firearm accessories, or ammunition should not be enforced . Further, “If the federal government assumes powers that the people did not grant it in the Constitution of the United States, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force .”
Where Is The Bill Now?
The bill passed the House on February 4 of this year. The bill went to the Senate for the first read on the 8th.
To see more info on the bill go here.
Taylor Has Been Here Before
Rep. Taylor has been fighting on this front for a while. Taylor’s previous bill, H.B. 1637, was also titled the Second Amendment Preservation Act. The purpose of the bill was to roll back gun control in Missouri and would make any new federal gun control in Missouri null and void. It was proposed during the 2020 session.
Taylor represents western Christian County (District 139) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014, and was re-elected in 2016.