O'Fallon Wants to Block Federal Gun Control With Bill to "Stop the Tyranny of...Government"

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O'Fallon Councilman Jim Pepper.
What's with all the Second Amendment bashing?

That's the underlying question that O'Fallon City Councilman Jim Pepper says prompted him to propose a local bill that would block federal gun-control measures.

That's right, members of the city council are pushing a municipal proposal to stop the enforcement of any gun-control policies -- even national orders -- that they think violate the constitutional right to bear arms.

"Why is everybody going against the Second Amendment all the time?" Pepper asks Daily RFT. "Over the years, I have gradually seen an eroding of certain constitutional rights."

What would his bill actually do if passed?

The draft version of his legislation, which was formally introduced last week and is expected to be voted on later this month, says that O'Fallon's elected officials swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

The bill, full draft on view below, says:

The Governing Body of the City of O'Fallon within the state of Missouri declares that all federal, state, or local acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations, or executive orders -- past, present, or future -- prohibiting the keeping and bearing of arms, arms accessories, or ammunition are a violation of Amendment 2 of the Constitution of the United States along with Article 1 of the Missouri Constitution - Bill of Rights - Section 23 and violate the true meaning and intent of both as given by the Founders and Ratifiers and are hereby declared to be invalid within the City of O'Fallon and all of its boundaries, shall not be recognized by this City or within all of its boundaries, are specifically rejected and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in the City of O'Fallon within all of its boundaries.

The language is similar to a Republican proposal at the state legislature designed to block any gun-control orders from President Barack Obama. That legislation and other anti-gun control initiatives and stunts have brought national attention to Missouri this year.

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Representative Casey Guernsey, who proposed state legislation against federal gun control.

Pepper, however, says he was inspired by an O'Fallon resident who brought the idea to him; the Ward 2 councilman eventually drafted a formal proposal and co-sponsored the bill with Councilman John Haman.

Continue for more of our interview with Jim Pepper and for the full draft.

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mikevansieg
mikevansieg

Wow. Mr Pepper must be the only politician not affraid of the people he serves. Unlike Obama who would like to eliminate guns, but yet feels the need to have secret service protection for the rest of his life by men who carry machine guns.

Michael Schmidt
Michael Schmidt

So, if this passes, will atomic weapons become legal in O'Fallon, MO?

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

What a bunch of jokers. If I were a business or home owner I would worry about the state of O'Fallon's affairs.

Glenn Gibson
Glenn Gibson

So, Brian, why were you in a gun shop? Ha

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

These are probably the same people who love the "tyranny of government" when it comes to issues like abortion, capital punishment, war, etc.

Brian D. McKinney
Brian D. McKinney

You know I went into a gun shop over the weekend. I saw several men just swarming over pistols and rifles. I couldn't help think about all those guns just sitting at home, in the closets, dust accumulating. Couldn't the money have been spent on paying off bills, buy your wife or girl friend a gift, getting something for your child or grandchild? No, they had to buy a gun just because they thought they think they have the right too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

Paranoia is feeding this idiocy.  No one is taking away anyones guns.  But, we need to prevent guns from getting into the wrong hands.  We need background checks and, after watching of all things Judge Judy, TESTS!  A battery of them at that.  If you are not mentally or intelligent enough to fire a gun, you should not HAVE a gun since you are an accident (or worse) waiting to happen.

rmformond
rmformond

@smdrpepper your proposals defy the constitution. The second amendment was written as is in order to prevent the government from infringing on other rights. Liberals seem to want less regulation on abortion, nearly every one ending an innocent life, and more on items that do more to protect innocent life than cause harm. Criminals will get guns or find another way. The guns they get are normally not through legal means or have ever been legal. Paranoia is what drives the liberals and they are control like little puppets.

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