Missouri Senate endorses gun nullification bill

The Missouri Senate has endorsed legislation that seeks to send federal agents to jail for enforcing gun control laws.

The Republican-led Senate gave first-round approval to the measure late Tuesday. It would declare federal gun controls laws that infringe on gun rights to be null and void. Federal agents enforcing those laws could be prosecuted and punished by up to one year in jail.

However, the measure would likely face a court challenge if approved. And courts have consistently ruled that states cannot nullify federal laws.

Republican Sen. Brian Nieves is sponsoring the bill. He says it protects liberties, but opponents say it would lead to more violence.

The bill, which needs one more vote before moving to the House, would also allow designated school personnel to carry concealed weapons in schools.

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