Yesterday we reported on the rise of Second Amendment Preservation Act legislation as the best defense against federal gun control in 2021. If you’re not sure what SAPA legislation is, you can click here or keep reading.
We have reported in the past how Missouri’s gun owners — led by two 2A rock star legislators — are on the cutting edge of this fight. We think there will be a tidal wave of states filing SAPA legislation in just days or weeks!
In 2021, the threat of federal gun control is far more real and far more immanent than it has been in decades. As gun owners stare down the barrel of a Biden-Harris gun control administration, Missouri’s legislators are lining up behind SAPA legislation!
So far, just ten days after filing, Missouri’s SAPA legislation, currently House Bill 85, already has 30 cosponsors!
Gun owners might remember that Missouri tried to pass legislation like this during the 2020 session, but the Corona Scare ended the legislative session early. But before that happened, SAPA legislation was bulldozing through the legislature with nearly 90 cosponsors out of a total of 116 members.
The two men who filed the SAPA legislation for 2021, Representative Jered Taylor and Senator Eric Burlison refuse to take no for an answer when it comes to Missouri’s gun rights — and Missouri’s other legislators are getting the message!
What Is SAPA Legislation?
SAPA legislation is based on the well-established ‘anti-commandeering doctrine’ which states that the federal government may not simply ‘commandeer’ the state’s legislative authority and force us to submit to federal laws that conflict with state law.
The idea that the states are separate legal entities that have the right to tell the federal government to pound sand has been upheld by the Supreme Court repeatedly — by conservative and liberal justices alike — going back hundreds of years!
SAPA nullifies federal gun control laws by requiring state law enforcement officers and state officials to only enforce state laws regarding firearms, ammo, and accessories — and only if that state law complies with the Second Amendment.
That means that if Joe Biden and his radical Democrat legislature pass a federal law requiring the confiscation of the AR-15 and all magazines that hold over ten rounds of ammunition, that state’s city, state, and county authorities would be required to ignore it.
Closing Gun Control Loopholes
Gun owners might remember that a version of this legislation was all the rage during the Obama administration. That bill was called the “Firearms Freedom Act.”
This SAPA legislation solves one of the biggest problems with the Firearms Freedom Act: who stops the feds?!
You see, the FFA required the state’s attorney general to come to the defense of the gun owner whose rights were being trampled. Needless to say, that was a pipe dream in many states, even historically pro-gun states!
But Missouri’s SAPA legislation has teeth that FFA didn’t.
Their bill would allow individual gun owners to bring government officials who violate their rights to civil court on their own initiative! That’s right: gun owners can SUE any state law enforcement official, judge or mayor who tries to enforce federal gun control!
Sure, it doesn’t stop the Feds from coming into the state, but many in law enforcement will tell you that that the federal government relies on state and local authorities to enforce the vast majority of federal law — they don’t have the manpower!
Watch For SAPA To Spread Like Wildfire
Missouri’s two gun rights champions, Senator Eric Burlison and Representative Jered Taylor are working hand in glove with Missouri’s biggest ‘no compromise’ gun rights organization, the Missouri Firearms Coalition.
We’ve seen these parties work together to accomplish amazing things for gun owners in Missouri, including passing Constitutional Carry back in 2016! And now they already have more than 30 legislators on board with SAPA legislation for the 2021 session!
Missouri’s nickname is the “Show Me State” and when it comes to gun rights, they’re doing just that.