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Missouri Legislature Sends Bills to Governor Blocking Federal Gun Control, Sharia Law, U.N.

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Governor Jay Nixon.
It's the final countdown of the legislative session and Missouri lawmakers were quite productive last night -- giving final approvals to three controversial GOP-backed bills that liberal critics say are an embarrassment to the state.

According to Republican supporters, these bills honor civil liberties, property rights and constitutional protections.

To some watching the debates unfold -- and to the minority Democrats frustrated with the priorities of the legislative leaders -- it's a different story. One blocks Sharia law, the religious law of Islam. Another bans a 1992 international green pledge of the United Nations. And the third stops federal gun control policies from being enforced in Missouri.

And in some cases, lawmakers may be able to override a veto of Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat.

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, summed it up this way:

Here's Senator Brian Nieves -- who recently got national attention for a non-legislative reasons -- applauding the passage of the proposals last night:

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We've written about versions of all three proposals over the last few months.

As a recap, Nieves' so-called "civil liberties" bill closely mirrors other ani-Muslim efforts across the country against Sharia law. The argument is that this religious law is somehow a threat to American freedom and on paper, the bill blocks the government from applying this foreign law onto Missouri citizens. (This one is SB 267, which passed in the House by a vote of 109-41).

The second bill that Nixon will have to consider is what's commonly referred to as the anti-Agenda 21 bill, aimed at prohibiting the government from enforcing a non-binding policy pledge orchestrated by the United Nations in 1992 around sustainable development. It was signed by George H. W. Bush. The concern here from Republican supporters is that government may try to infringe on private citizens' property rights in the name of green projects. (This one is SB 265, which passed the House by a vote of 118-37).

Opponents have slammed it as a paranoid, delusional waste of time and often chastise these supporters as the "tinfoil hat" brigade, which apparently led to some colorful interactions last night:

Finally, the third bill is the Second Amendment Preservation Act, which "rejects all federal acts that infringe on a Missouri citizens' rights under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution." Critics say that this is an illegal attempt at nullification and that Missouri can't simply override federal policy, but pro-gun supports at the Capitol argue that just because Barack Obama says something is constitutional doesn't make it so. (This one is HB 436, which passed by a vote of 116-38).

See also:
- Missouri V. United Nations: Lyle Rowland's Bill Against Green Plan Advances
- Is GOP Senator's "Civil Liberties" Bill Just Another Anti-Sharia Law Proposal?
- Casey Guernsey: Missouri Overwhelmingly Wants to Block Obama's Gun Orders

Continue for more commentary on the bills and for full copies of the legislation.



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James Roy
James Roy

It don't matter what states passes . Federal always overrides state . State has no power over federal.

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

I like all of this. Now can we block Christian laws too?

Jim Bishop
Jim Bishop

Conceal and carry is the only gun law we need, we don't need the United Nations telling US what to do and we don't new religious bull crap in our laws when we have plenty of other religious bull crap already in our laws.

Julie Michael
Julie Michael

They should definitely spend time passing laws to prevent things that will never every occur. Unconstitutional laws are also good as well.

danny6114
danny6114

So, will the taxpayers be spending money in Federal Court defending an unconstitutional nullification law? That's fiscal conservatism in it's sweet spot!

Erin Armknecht
Erin Armknecht

Can we also outlaw Martial Law? I mean, just in case. I know it isn't applicable to us at the present time, nor is it likely to ever be, but I've never liked the sound of it and it seems like that's what we're doing here.

Jessi Anderson
Jessi Anderson

I don't know about you but last time I checked we weren't living under Muslim Sharia Law lol

Rande Hackmann
Rande Hackmann

You even know what Sharia law is? Or what Agenda 21 is?

Rande Hackmann
Rande Hackmann

The Mo legislature, wasting time trying to pass laws overriding Federal law (which can't be done) & cutting a program that creates jobs & revenue for the state (Historic Tax Credits). Wow, what a great bunch of representatives we all elected.

Kathleen Wilson Griswold
Kathleen Wilson Griswold

from the state that created Todd Akin........what can you expect? Or, is this really from The Onion?

Sharon Cooper Denich
Sharon Cooper Denich

i dont know about you, but i dont want to live under Muslim Sharia Law. I dont know what is embarrassing about that.

Jessi Anderson
Jessi Anderson

ugh Missouri stop making me embarrassed to live here....

epettet
epettet

@danny6114 

Danny,

 I am an Independent voter. This just shows that we have some of the most ignorant people in the state legislature, that you can find in Missouri.  I never thought I would see the day I was ashamed of my state.  I have voted for Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan 1st term, George Bush 1st, along with several Democrats, and now realize that I can never again trust a  Republican in office. I have talked to many former Republicans who feel the same.

danny6114
danny6114

@epettet @danny6114 And like natural evolution the republican party will eventually die off by repelling the sensible and the young whose minds aren't poisoned by their parents, unless some drastic measures are taken by the rational remnants of the party.

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